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Police say Loomis man had ‘tennis-ball’ size meth stash

Chase ends with his arrest, 4 felony charges
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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A Loomis man faces felony charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase on his motorcycle from Auburn to Meadow Vista during which he tried to get rid of a “tennis-ball” sized piece of meth worth about $10,000, Auburn police said.

Auburn Officer Chris Forman arrested Nicholaus Allen Knight, 31, at 1:04 a.m. on Friday after Placer County Sheriff’s deputies cornered him in a cul-de-sac, Auburn Officer Brent Froberg said.

Knight faces four felony charges related to transporting and possessing a narcotic controlled substance with the intent to sell and evading arrest with reckless driving, as well as a misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence of drugs.

He was being held as of Tuesday at Placer County Jail on $95,000 bail.

Along with about an ounce of meth, Knight possessed a scale, $1,506 cash, pain killers and syringes, Froberg said.

“(The money) is a good indicator he was selling, but it would have been the scale and the amount of the drugs,” that led to suspicion that he had it for more than just personal use, Froberg said.

A special investigations unit obtained a search warrant and found more narcotics and contraband at his Loomis house, and investigations are ongoing, Froberg said. Arrest records list Knight as a resident of the 3000 block of Kathy Way.

Froberg said he did not know whether Knight had been cooking meth at that house, but said he was “probably just a middleman.”

About 15 minutes before the arrest, Forman began pursuing the Yamaha R6 street bike for speeding around 100 mph on eastbound Interstate 80 near Elm Avenue, Froberg said. Knight exited at Lincoln Way, followed it to East Electric and then onto Electric Street, before rounding back onto Lincoln to I-80, he said.

Knight exited at Bowman, headed to Bell Road and then out to Meadow Vista, when Forman pulled back because of his unfamiliarity with the area, and Placer County Sherriff’s deputies took over the pursuit, Froberg said.

Prior to getting pulled over, Knight tossed out a small package containing the drugs that police later recovered, Froberg said.

 

Jon Schultz can be reached at jons@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_AJNews