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Handcuffed escapee recaptured

A man who jumped from a Nevada City Police vehicle early Sunday morning while handcuffed was recaptured without incident 12 hours later walking down the street in Grass Valley.

An officer responded to a call for a person who was intoxicated at Pioneer Park at about 1 a.m., said Nevada City Police Sgt. Dan Badour.

Jeremiah Earl Newcomer, 23, of Auburn, was not combative when he was arrested, and was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, Badour said.



“One of our vehicles, an SUV, does not have a cage – it just has regular seats,” Badour explained. “The doors have a child-proof lock. But if you don’t lock the power window buttons, you can roll the window down, just like any car.”

Typically, Nevada City police do not transport arrested people to the county jail in that SUV, and the officer was waiting for a car with a cage, Badour said.




The officer was doing an area check and was not far from the vehicle when Newcomer escaped by sliding his cuffed wrists out from behind his back and rolling the window down.

“He either dove out the window, or he reached out and opened the door from the outside,” Badour said. “This is the first time I remember somebody letting themselves out (of a police vehicle). We kind of frown on escaping after arrest.”

An alert cabdriver called Grass Valley Police to report seeing a man dressed in shorts and a sweatshirt, who appeared to be wearing handcuffs, walking down the street at South Auburn and Empire streets at about 1 p.m. Newcomer was re-arrested without incident.

“He told us he was surprised it had taken so long to catch him,” said Grass Valley Police Officer Jim Amaral.

Newcomer allegedly said that he had hidden out until daylight and then started walking home to Auburn, Amaral said.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and escaping after arrest and is being held on a no-bail warrant.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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