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Threats made to Grass Valley officer lead to felony arrest

Michael Jay Whaley

A disorderly conduct accusation would have been the only charge for a Grass Valley man, if not for the Hells Angels.

Grass Valley police say Michael Jay Whaley, 58, threatened an officer after police responded around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday to a disturbance at a West Main Street bar.

Officers received a description of the suspect and knew he was outside of the bar, yelling at customers and staff, Sgt. Brian Blakemore said.

“He was described as pushing females and refusing to leave,” he added.

Police arrived and spotted Whaley, who matched the description they had. Whaley was punching the front door of the business, and officers handcuffed him.

“He explained to officers that he had no other place to go,” Blakemore said.

Police arrested Whaley because of his combative behavior, level of intoxication and lack of a home. Officers feared he could continue to create a disturbance, the sergeant said.

And then Whaley brought up the motorcycle gang while en route to the jail, he added.

“He said that he knew members of the Hells Angels and that he was going to find the officer and once he got out of jail, pursue him and kill him,” Blakemore said.

Police charged Whaley with felony obstruction of an officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was free Wednesday on $10,000 in bond, reports state.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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