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Penn Valley man under arrest escapes from hospital

A 33-year-old Penn Valley man arrested after a tussle with Grass Valley police Wednesday night later escaped while he was being treated at the hospital emergency room, a police official reported Thursday.

Matthew Jacobson was arrested at about 11 p.m. Wednesday by Grass Valley police on suspicion of public drunkenness and resisting arrest, said Grass Valley police Capt. Rex Marks.

A 911 caller reported earlier that Jacobson locked himself in the men’s bathroom at a drugstore on Sutton Way, according to police records.



“There was a brief altercation while taking him into custody,” Marks said.

Police transported Jacobson to the emergency room at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for medical clearance before taking him to jail, he said.




However, Jacobson, still handcuffed, managed to walk out of the hospital at some point, Marks said.

Hospital spokeswoman Brett Bentley said hospital staff are not responsible for maintaining custody of patients under arrest. That’s up to police, she said.

“The hospital doesn’t physically restrain anyone,” Bentley said. “We really do want to provide quality care and safe care for our patients, as well as our staff. That is our priority here.”

Because night-shift officers were not available to comment Thursday, the reason behind Jacobson’s escape was not known, Marks said.

However, he said, it is the officers’ responsibility to maintain custody of prisoners under arrest, even while at the hospital.

“When they’re in our custody, we have an obligation to provide that security for them,” Marks said. “I don’t know what changed.”

Someone called police to report they saw Jacobson on Catherine Lane wearing handcuffs.

Nevada County sheriff’s deputies found Jacobson at 12:30 a.m. Thursday on East Main Street at Presley Drive and returned him to Grass Valley police, who transported him to jail.

Jacobson was released from jail at 3:22 a.m. Thursday on his own recognizance, according to jail staff.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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