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Nevada City Police car escapee due in court Wednesday

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man who was rearrested after escaping from a Nevada City Police car is scheduled to appear in a Nevada County courtroom Wednesday. Nevada City police arrested Jeremiah Earl Newcomer, 23, for public intoxication just after midnight Sunday morning in the Pioneer Park parking lot. Newcomer was also arrested for possessing brass knuckles. The knuckles were found in his car, according to Lt. Lorin Gage of the Nevada City Police Department. Gage said the arresting officer’s vehicle didn’t have a cage in it, and the windows were not locked. Although Newcomer was originally handcuffed behind his back, police believe he was able to escape through one of the windows, Gage said. “The officer was securing Newcomer’s vehicle,” Gage said. “(Newcomer) was strapped in (the police vehicle). He was able to get his hands underneath and in front (of him) and get to the windows.” Gage said the wooded area in the park was an easy place for Newcomer to hide. The officer noticed that the man was missing right way, and about 12 hours later a taxi driver saw Newcomer walking down a Grass Valley street with his handcuffs still on, Gage said. Newcomer was rearrested and charged with obstructing a police officer and escaping custody. All charges are misdemeanors, according to Gage. Gage said the escape is a definite learning experience for the department. “It’s never happened to us before, but he was able to do it,” he said. Newcomer is scheduled to appear in Nevada County Court at 1 p.m. Wednesday to enter a plea. He was arraigned Oct. 13 and released on a $1,000 bail. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com