Injured police officer returns to duty |

Injured police officer returns to duty

A Grass Valley police officer injured in a vehicle accident involving an alleged drunken driver has returned to work, police officials said.

Kyle Shoberg has recovered from his injuries and went back to patrolling Grass Valley on Friday, city police Capt. Rex Marks said this week.

“(Shoberg) is doing very well,” Marks said.

Shoberg was injured Sept. 29 when his police cruiser collided with a vehicle allegedly driven by Nathaniel Edward Taylor, of Grass Valley. Shoberg had been working as a police officer for five weeks before the accident.

Shoberg was responding to a report of a fight on East Main Street when Taylor’s vehicle allegedly struck the right rear of Shoberg’s cruiser at the intersection of East Main and Dorsey Drive, Marks said.

Shoberg was transported by helicopter to Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael for treatment of his injuries; he was released Oct. 1, hospital spokesman Bryan Gardner said.

Taylor was arrested upon his release from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Oct. 1 on suspicion of drunken driving. He remains in custody in lieu of $120,000 bail, jail staff said.

Because it is police policy that any accident involving an officer be handled by another agency, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, Marks said. The CHP’s investigation will take at least two more weeks, he said.

The Nevada County district attorney charged Taylor with driving under the influence causing bodily injury, hit and run with injury to another, and violating probation.

Taylor pleaded not guilty to the charges Oct. 4. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in Superior Court.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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