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High-speed chase ends in suicide

A high-speed chase between four police agencies and a lone suspect down U.S. Highway 50’s casino corridor on Friday night ended with the apparent suicide of the man.

The chase was initiated in Meyers by the California Highway Patrol, which received a call of a male suspect brandishing a weapon. The chase continued into South Lake Tahoe as the driver fled, eventually turning into the Caesars Tahoe parking lot, where the suspect rammed a sheriff’s patrol unit before continuing on to Upper Lake Parkway. The driver of the white compact sedan apparently lost control of his vehicle behind Harrah’s Lake Tahoe due to two blown tires. He then committed suicide by shooting himself once in the head with a handgun.

“We don’t have the suspect’s name at this time,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Kathy Tadich, the lead investigator at the scene. “It was a suicide.”

The suspect was identified only as a young, Caucasian male. No shots were reported fired by police.

Douglas County Sheriffs Departmenmt spokesman Eric Gochenouer said that no further details were available as of Sunday night.

The chase began at approximately 11 p.m., as the man fled CHP officers down U.S. Highway 50 beginning in Meyers, through South Lake Tahoe and past the casinos. By then, units from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the Nevada Highway Patrol and Douglas County Sheriffs Department had joined in the pursuit.

Police deployed road spikes on Highway 50 in front of Embassy Suites, which punctured at least two tires on the suspect’s car. The suspect continued on, however.

Apparently surrounded at that point by police, the suspect shot himself once in the head.

The chase caused confusion on Highway 50 at the casinos, as police, with weapons drawn, kept a bead on the vehicle while other officers directed traffic away from the area.

“It was scary,” said one witness, who identified himself only as Rob, from Sacramento. “We were driving westbound, and this white car was coming at us in the opposite direction.

“Suddenly, two CHP cars and a sheriff’s car surrounded my car, and boxed us in. They were protecting us, I guess. My fiancee was screaming.

“The police had their guns out and this guy just flew by.”

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