Drugs and alcohol make for a busy day for the police
Tuesday was a busy day for the Truckee Police Department.
And while the force didn’t receive any greater than the normal number of calls for service ” approximately 80 calls that day ” an abnormal number of the incidents were drug- and alcohol-related, said Truckee police Lt. Dan Johnston.
The day began with an 8:15 a.m. call about a 17-year-old who had allegedly come to school drunk. When officers arrived, they searched the teenage boy’s vehicle, found 10 beers inside, and concluded that he had driven to school drunk, according to a Truckee police news release.
At 11:35 a.m. a mother in Glenshire reported that her 19-year-old son was under the influence of drugs and had a long history of drug abuse. The man fled the house when he learned his mother had called police, according to police reports.
Then, at 3:31 p.m. a family in the Prosser Lakeview area called to report they had broken up an argument between their 20-year-old daughter and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Matthew Matuskowitz, according to police reports. Apparently, the argument was over the couple using methamphetamines, and Matuskowitz had become enraged, said police.
When officers arrived, they said they found Matuskowitz standing in the middle of a residential intersection dressed only in martial arts pants and waiving two ponfas ” or side-handled batons. According to police reports, Matuskowitz was highly agitated and briefly refused to put the ponfas down.
“During this momentary standoff, he engaged in several martial art-type stances and movements,” according to police.
Officers convinced Matuskowitz to drop his weapons and sit on the ground. As the officers got one handcuff on him, Matuskowitz tried to twist away from the officers and run, said police reports.
“Due to his highly agitated state, and his apparent martial arts proficiency, one officer used his taser (on Matuskowitz), which brought (him) to the ground and he was handcuffed,” according to the police report.
Matuskowitz was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital for medical clearance, and police arrested him on suspicion of possession with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, resisting arrest and being under the influence of methamphetamine. He was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.
Shortly after Matuskowitz was arrested, Placer County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report in Sierra Meadows that a 36-year-old male, who was possibly under the influence of methamphetamine, had gotten into an argument with his parents, according to police reports.
The parents reported to police that the man had left North Tahoe and was en route to his Truckee home to pick up weapons and then kill his parents, said police.
When a sheriff’s deputy initially found the man, he was “highly agitated, screaming out in the street, and when he ran back inside, the deputy called for help,” according to police reports.
Later, the suspect was taken out of his house and placed in police custody, according to police reports.
Though the day was out of the ordinary for Truckee police, it’s not unusual to get calls for methamphetamine-related incidents, Johnston said.
“We have meth-related calls every week; they’re quite common,” he said. “I wouldn’t say there’s a huge increase (of drug use in the community), but it’s a problem.”
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