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Man arrested, accused of attacking Caltrans employee in Nevada County

A Nevada City man was arrested early Thursday afternoon after he allegedly attacked a California Department of Transportation employee as maintenance crews were working on a section of Highway 20 in Nevada County.

About 12:10 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer was working as part of a highway maintenance project along the side of Highway 20 near Scotts Flat Road outside Nevada City. As Caltrans vehicles proceeded toward the Scotts Flat Road intersection, a man who was standing on the edge of the roadway confronted Caltrans employees, screaming at them and then jumping onto the hood of their vehicle, according to a CHP news release. The man, later identified as 59-year-old Tommy A. Warren, then got off the vehicle and began striking a male Caltrans employee in the head and upper body, officials said.

The CHP officer, who was a short distance down the highway, noticed the commotion and went to assist. Warren initially refused to comply with the officer, but submitted when confronted with a Taser, according to the CHP. After the officer placed him in handcuffs, Warren reportedly tried to strike the officer by lunging with his head and body, hitting the officer in the chin. Following a brief struggle, the officer was able to control Warren and placed him in the rear of the CHP patrol vehicle.

The CHP reported that Warren suffered minor injuries during the struggle. After receiving medical clearance, he was to be booked on suspicion of a number of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including battery against the Caltrans employee, and resisting and obstructing a state peace officer.

The Caltrans employee was not injured, and the CHP officer suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.