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Auburn man accused of hurling rocks at vehicles along Nevada County roadway

An Auburn man was jailed Thursday morning after he allegedly hurled rocks at passing traffic at a Nevada County intersection, damaging vehicles and injuring one person.

Ryan Nathaniel Lanzarotta, 35, was standing on McCourtney Road near the Wolf Mountain Road intersection, in the area of Nevada County’s waste transfer station, when apparently without provocation, he allegedly began hurling large rocks at passing vehicles, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. CHP officers responded about 7:35 a.m. and detained Lanzarotta as they conducted their investigation.

Based on findings at the scene, CHP officials said, it appeared the rocks were intentionally thrown toward occupants in the passing vehicles. One man sustained minor injuries when his vehicle’s windshield shattered. In two instances, doors and windows were struck at locations near where children were seated in the vehicles. No children or other occupants of the vehicles were injured, according to the CHP.

Lanzarotta was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and a misdemeanor offense of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.

Cathy Locke