Cocaine found in wife-beating suspect test |

Cocaine found in wife-beating suspect test

Christina Proctor

A South Lake Tahoe man wanted for the attempted murder of his wife died Thursday about six hours after his capture in Reno.

Reno police said a blood test taken at Washoe Medical Center showed cocaine in Darryl Daniels’ blood. Officials are still unsure as to the cause of death.

He was arrested Wednesday around 6 p.m. after a 20-minute car chase. The chase ended at a police roadblock at Vassar and Wells streets in downtown Reno.

Douglas County Detective Ron Bushey said Daniels got out of the pickup, which was stolen from Round Hill Square, and was chased on foot for about 330 yards before Reno police apprehended him. Bushey said he was transported to the police station a couple of blocks away and put in an interview room. One of the arresting officers noticed Daniels was unconscious and called paramedics. Daniels was transported to the hospital where he died at 12:20 a.m.

Kari Daniels, 31, is still in serious but stable condition at Barton Memorial Hospital, investigators said. Darryl was charged with the early Tuesday morning attack on his wife which left her with several facial fractures and serious injuries to her right eye.

Investigators said Kari was trying to end her eight-year marriage to Darryl, and had moved from her home in South Lake Tahoe to her relatives’ home in Zephyr Cove to hide from him.

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