Grass Valley police: Penn Valley man faces more charges after threatening hospital staff | TheUnion.com

Grass Valley police: Penn Valley man faces more charges after threatening hospital staff

A Penn Valley man initially arrested on drug charges later threatened and attacked hospital staff, leading to more accusations, Grass Valley police said.

Bo Andrew Perkins, 21, faces two felonies: obstructing an officer and committing a felony while on bail. Officers also charged him with a handful of misdemeanors: battery of emergency personnel, driving under the influence of a drug, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license, Nevada County Jail reports state.

Police encountered Perkins and another man just before 8 p.m. Tuesday after responding to two reports of an impaired driver near Taylorville Road and Freeman Lane, Sgt. Jason Perry said.

The officers spotted a vehicle matching the description from the reports — a blue Honda Civic — parked by a Dumpster. Perkins and a second man were inside, Perry said.

"They noticed some objective symptoms of them being under the influence," he added.

Officers then performed a field sobriety test on both men, detaining them when they failed, the sergeant said.

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Police searched the vehicle and found almost six pounds of suspected marijuana in four vacuum-sealed containers. They also found prescription drugs, powdered pills, drug paraphernalia and packaging material, Perry said. Nevada County Jail staff required both men to visit the hospital before they were booked, he added.

"Perkins became combative at the hospital," Perry said. "He began threatening officers and threatening and attempting to assault medical staff. He's screaming and yelling at everyone, challenging people to fight. He attempted to kick a female nurse. He tried to bite a nurse."

The second man, who faced charges of being under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, was cited and released. Officers took Perkins to jail, Perry said.

Perkins remained jailed Wednesday until $37,500 in bond, records state.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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