Suspect who fought officer to get mental evaluation |

Suspect who fought officer to get mental evaluation

A mental health evaluation was ordered for a Nevada City man who allegedly painted himself blue and fought with a California Highway Patrol officer.

Kaveh Tafreshi, 39, appeared disoriented during his brief arraignment Wednesday in Nevada County Superior Court.

He didn’t enter a plea to four charges in his complaint, and Judge John Darlington ordered that he get an evaluation at Fresno Community Hospital or any facility that offers similar services.

Kafreshi’s lawyer, Public Defender Thomas Anderson, said county Adult Protective Services would coordinate transportation to the hospital.

Wearing orange jail garb, Tafreshi repeatedly tried to stand up as the judge spoke, apparently thinking his hearing was over. Each time he rose, bailiffs gently told him to sit down.

“He’s still having difficulties, and he hasn’t slept in a long, long time,” Anderson said.

During his evaluation, Tafreshi will be held for up to 72 hours for doctors to decide if he’s a threat to himself or others, and whether he needs extended inpatient treatment.

Friends say Tafreshi suffers from bipolar disorder, which can cause wide mood swings between euphoria and depression, and has been trying to calm manic episodes with medication. He’s been under the care of a Sacramento psychiatrist, said friend Robin Phillips, but he hadn’t been eating or sleeping lately.

He was arrested Sunday at North Bloomfield and Rock Creek roads after clashing with a CHP officer. The officer, Al Jones, said Tafreshi had broke into the Diamond Arrow Christian Conference Center. Jones also said Tafreshi had blue paint on his neck, chest and hands; was wearing a black judo robe; and claimed to be a bat.

Jones pepper-sprayed Tafreshi after he refused to put down a broomstick. Both men suffered minor injuries from the scuffle.

Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson’s complaint against Tafreshi charges him with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, burglary and vandalism.

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