Fleeing suspect in Nevada City stun gunned twice, faces drug and resisting arrest charges | TheUnion.com

Fleeing suspect in Nevada City stun gunned twice, faces drug and resisting arrest charges

Nevada City Police officers responding to a report of a person hitting vehicles were confronted by a naked man in a back yard Tuesday afternoon, triggering a chase and the eventual stun gunning of the suspect.

Two officers were dispatched to the corner of Pittsburg Mine Road and Granholm Lane for a report of a man with no shirt on who was jumping in and out of traffic and yelling at cars a little after 2:30 p.m., said Lt. Paul Rohde.

When they arrived, they found him naked in the yard of a residence, Rohde said.

According to Rohde, the man, identified as 32-year-old Garrett Dixon Godfrey, then pulled on some sweatpants and approached the officers before taking off running.

"They tried to grab him but were unsuccessful," Rohde said. "A short foot pursuit ensued."

Godfrey was subsequently confronted by a California Highway Patrol officer who had responded, but failed to comply and was subsequently stunned by that officer and a Nevada City Police officer, Rohde said.

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He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital before being booked into county jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Godfrey remains in custody in lieu of $5,000 bail. He has several misdemeanor arrests on his criminal record since 2016, including assault, vandalism and resisting arrest charges from 2016 that were dismissed. He pleaded no contest to a DUI in 2017 and to a charge of obstructing a business in March of this year.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.

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