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Report: Clow had drugs in system

Ezra Clow had marijuana and methamphetamine in his system when he was shot to death by a detective at a cemetery east of Nevada City in June, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

An analysis of Clow’s blood showed the presence of marijuana, methamphetamine and amphetamine, according to the toxicology report released by the Sheriff’s Office.

Meth levels of 200 to 600 nanograms per milliliter of blood have resulted in violent and irrational behavior among methamphetamine users, the report said. Clow’s blood tested at 830 nanograms of meth per milliliter.



The high levels of meth could explain Clow’s behavior before he was shot, Sheriff Keith Royal said Monday.

Reese Jones, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco who has studied the effects of methamphetamine, called 830 nanograms per milliliter a “substantial” amount.




“Not everyone at that level would be psychotic, but there is a high risk of it,” Jones said.

The Nevada County District Attorney Office concluded July 18 that Det. Don Clark acted in self-defense when he fired the two shots that killed Clow, 26. The Sheriff’s Office said that Clow tried to run over Clark with a pickup truck.

Clow had gone to Pine Grove Cemetery to meet Peter Paulus about a checkbook and compact discs that had been in Paulus’ vehicle before it was burned June 23 at Greenhorn Creek. Clow’s father, Ron Clow, said his son wanted to return the items he had found on nearby You Bet Road.

Ron Clow, who insisted his son had no drugs or drug paraphernalia either on him or in his truck, doesn’t believe the test results released Monday.

“I don’t agree with the amounts,” Clow said of the results.

“He would have never run over a cop,” he said. “That is totally ridiculous.”

Royal said Clark was investigating the truck arson when he went to Paulus’ home.

Clow called while Clark was at the house, Royal said, which eventually led to fatal meeting at the cemetery.


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