Marysville man arrested after struggle |

Marysville man arrested after struggle

A Marysville man who had just gotten off parole was in Nevada County jail Friday after a traffic stop turned violent.

Ronald James Heuser, 50, allegedly was driving erratically down Indian Springs Road, crossing into the oncoming lane, when he was spotted by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, and Heuser pulled into the driveway on the 17000 block, then turned the car around, said Sheriff Keith Royal. He got out of the vehicle, but did not comply with the deputy’s verbal commands to keep his hands visible, Royal said.

“He was very irate, yelling at the deputy,” Royal said. “He had a 17-year-old girl in the vehicle with him, who also began screaming at the officer.”

Heuser then allegedly became combative and began fighting with the deputy, who sprayed him with pepper spray to “little or no effect.”

Heuser eventually was subdued and handcuffed, Royal said. After deputies ran his license, they discovered he was an ex-felon who had gotten off parole in December.

Deputies found a handgun under the driver’s seat; Heuser allegedly told them he had bought it for $50. They also found a length of heavy chain in his jacket, Royal said.

Heuser was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and released. He was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting an officer, carrying a loaded firearm with a prior felony conviction, having a concealable firearm with a previous robbery conviction, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

He was booked into county jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The girl was cited and released for interfering with an officer.

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