Man punches National Hotel window, dies 5 hours later |

Man punches National Hotel window, dies 5 hours later

Five hours after he punched through a window of Nevada City’s landmark National Hotel this morning, a 26-year-Grass Valley man was pronounced dead at a Roseville hospital.

Joseph Lyle Harris was found on a Pine Street porch with a serious cut to a bicep, authorities said. He was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center at midnight.

Nevada City Police first were called to a report of vandalism at the hotel on Broad Street, said Nevada County Coroner Cathy Valceschini. An officer saw the broken window and followed a trail of blood to a building on the 200 block of Pine Street, where Harris had walked to find help.

Harris was taken by ambulance to the Rood Administrative Center, where a Calstar helicopter took him to Sutter Roseville.

The cause of death had not been declared today, pending toxicology reports.

Harris was arrested in August 2001 on suspicion of resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance. In that instance, he was seen walking naked in the middle of La Barr Meadows Road and tried to punch a Grass Valley Police officer who was directing him to the side of the road. At the time, according to The Union archives, he was suspected of being under the influence of PCP.

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