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Haste to make court date lands Grass Valley man in jail

Thomas Edward Weed
Thomas Edward Weed Booking photo, Placer County Sheriff’s Office

A Grass Valley man running late for a court date racked up a new list of alleged offenses after he reportedly sped past two Placer County sheriff’s deputies en route to the courthouse.

Thomas Edward Weed, 47, caught the attention of the deputies Monday in front of the sheriff’s North Lake Tahoe Station, where the courtroom is located. He drove past them, parked in the wrong lot, used two parking spaces, then ran into the courthouse, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The deputies found out that Weed’s driver’s license was suspended and that he was on probation. When Weed came out of court, he denied that he had driven there, until deputies told him they had watched drive up to the courthouse.

A search of Weed’s vehicle turned up a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale, methamphetamine, hash, scales and drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s officials said. Weed also was found to be under the influence of methamphetamine. In addition, sheriff’s officials said, he had a police scanner and was monitoring the sheriff’s channel.

Weed was booked into the Placer County Jail in Auburn on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation and possession of hash.

He remained in custody Wednesday with bail set at $45,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy