Stateline chase ends with arrest
A 47-year-old Stateline man led a South Lake Tahoe officer on a brief pursuit early Tuesday morning that ended at the man’s residence in Nevada.
Michael Earl Henderson was taken into custody by Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of eluding a peace officer, battery on an officer, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license. Henderson is also under investigation for aggravated stalking in connection with an incident that happened at the bus stop near Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino earlier that morning.
Police said that an officer first tried to stop Henderson around 1:23 a.m. after he noticed him driving erratically on U.S. Highway 50 near Stateline. Henderson allegedly ignored the officer’s lights and sirens and the pursuit led through the back parking lots of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and finally onto Kingsbury Grade and to Henderson’s home. Douglas County officers arrived as back up.
Douglas County Detective Dave Brown said earlier in the evening a woman reported to the South Lake Tahoe police that a man had tried to proposition her earlier in the evening while she was working at Harvey’s and later pulled up in a car while she waited at the bus stop around 12:30 a.m. The man offered her $200 for two minutes alone with her, the report said. When she refused and turned to walk away the man grabbed her ponytail and yanked her back against the car. The woman escaped to the bus and called police when she got home. The woman reportedly identified Henderson as the man who grabbed her at the bus stop.
Anyone with information about the bus stop incident or similar attacks is asked to called Detective Dave Brown at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, (775) 586-7250.
Henderson is being held in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $54,605 bail.
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