Man accosts drivers, arrested |

Man accosts drivers, arrested

A 19-year-old Grass Valley man was in custody after allegedly brandishing a 4-inch knife at motorists and officers on Highway 20 near White Cloud, a Nevada County Sheriff’s sergeant said Sunday.

Anthony Terronez allegedly was running in and out of traffic at about 4 p.m. Saturday, trying to get into cars with people inside, behind locked doors, parked along the edge of the woods, Sgt. Shannan Moon said.

Some of the motorists apparently had stopped because Terronez was on the roadway, Moon said.

Firefighters from the United States Forest Service fire station nearby responded after Terronez reportedly said he had been stung by several bees and was allergic, according to Sheriff’s Office dispatch reports. He allegedly lashed out with his knife at firefighters just a few feet away from him, Moon said.

Meanwhile, a person from the 5 Mile House restaurant called to report a possible carjacking, according to dispatch reports.

Amid the confusion, two deputies arrived and called out two more; a unit of the California Highway Patrol also responded.

When Terronez refused to obey verbal commands from the deputies, one of the officers used a shotgun loaded with a special bean-bag round to subdue him. Moon said the officer acted appropriately, using ammunition that would deliver less than lethal force.

“The officer felt there was an imminent danger to the public because (Terronez) was trying to get into those vehicles, and he was obviously under the influence of something,” Moon said. “They later found out it was psilocybin mushrooms,” a hallucinogen.

Despite the bean bag shot, Terronez still struggled with the four deputies trying to arrest him, Moon said.

With his face bloodied, Terronez was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of public drunkenness and assault with a deadly weapon.

A 15-year-old boy, who was with Terronez, was detained and released to his parents, Moon said.


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