Suspect had drug history
The Grass Valley man who will face a murder charge after reportedly ramming a stolen truck into a UPS van Tuesday has a rap sheet peppered with drug and theft convictions throughout the past two years.
Scott Krause, 37, was expected to be moved from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility Thursday after being treated for injuries he received in the collision.
“This guy – we’re aware of him,” Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster said of Krause’s previous arrests.
Foster said Krause will also face charges of home invasion, carjacking, residential burglary, auto theft and battery stemming from several crimes he reportedly committed Tuesday.
Krause allegedly forced the driver out of a truck belonging to Sierra Tile and Stone and drove off in the vehicle. He crashed into the UPS van on Brunswick Road, killing driver Drew Reynolds, 34, authorities and witnesses said.
Krause’s recent criminal history began Sept. 20, 2002, when he was arrested and later found guilty of possession of known stolen property in Nevada County. He was sentenced to three years’ conditional probation and 20 days in jail.
Several months later, on Jan. 16, 2003, he was arrested for attempted vehicle theft, removing car parts and damaging property. According to court records, Krause attempted to hot-wire a neighbor’s car in the 400 block of West Main Street in Grass Valley.
At the time officers confronted him, he had a warrant for his arrest, according to the court records. He also told a police officer he had recently taken three Valium pills.
Neighbors told officers they suspected Krause of making drugs at his residence at 420 W. Main Street, records state.
Krause pleaded no contest to removing vehicle parts and was again sentenced to 20 days in jail.
On March 25 of that year, Krause was arrested in Plumas County for possession of narcotics. Court records of that charge were not available Thursday.
Less then two months later and back in Nevada County, an officer arrested Krause for possession of a hypodermic needle May 6, 2003, after a background check by the officer showed there was a warrant for Krause’s arrest.
He pleaded no contest to the possession charge and was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation. According to the terms of the probation, he was not to possess or consume any controlled substances and was required to attend drug counseling starting Aug. 25, 2003.
But before his drug counseling began, he was one of five people arrested Aug. 21, 2003, at a home on the 600 block of Le Duc Street.
Investigators from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force entered the home and found uninhabitable living conditions, Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Evans said at the time, adding that the home smelled of urine and fecal matter.
Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were confiscated.
According to court records, Krause had recently been injected with meth at the time.
He was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing controlled substance paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer.
He pleaded innocent to all of the charges at first, but then changed his plea to guilty when all but one of the charges were dropped, and the remaining charge was dropped to a misdemeanor.
Krause was again sentenced to three years’ supervised probation, in which he could not possess or consume drugs, and he was required to complete an outpatient substance abuse treatment program.
He was to undergo a court-required review March 8 of this year.
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