Loomis man arrested on drug charges released, in court Tuesday

Police say he had ounce of meth when they caught him
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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A Loomis man arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase and trying to discard a bag of drugs has been released from Placer County Jail and will be arraigned today.

Police arrested Nicholaus Allen Knight, 31, on Oct. 26 on four felony charges related to transporting and possessing a narcotic controlled substance with intent to sell and evading arrest with reckless driving, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

Knight had been held at Placer County Jail until at least Oct. 30 on $95,000 bail, but Placer County Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Wilson said Knight had been granted release while more information was sought.

“The defendant was released until the (assigned) deputy district attorney had sufficient information to file the case,” Wilson wrote in an email to the Journal.  “Having now received that information, the case has been filed.”

Knight is slated for arraignment “on the new complaint” at 8:30 this morning in Dept. 13 of the Placer County Superior Court, Wilson said in the email.

A request to the DA’s office for further information surrounding Knight’s release and the new complaint was not immediately returned Monday.

While police pursued Knight on his motorcycle, he allegedly tossed a small package that was later recovered and it contained about an ounce of crystal methamphetamine worth about $10,000, Auburn police said. He also possessed a scale, $1,506 cash, pain killers and syringes, police said.

With the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Auburn police arrested Knight in Meadow Vista after he was cornered in a cul-de-sac, ending a chase that lasted about 15 minutes, police said.

A special investigations unit obtained a search warrant and found more narcotics and contraband at Knight’s Loomis house, police said.

An arrest record listed Knight as a resident of the 3000 block of Kathy Way.


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