Suspect near death after crash |

Suspect near death after crash

Christina Proctor

A South Lake Tahoe man wanted for severely beating his estranged wife was near death Wednesday evening following a high-speed chase in Reno.

Around 5:25 p.m. Reno police attempted to stop Darryl Vance Daniels, who was driving a stolen pickup truck. The truck was reported stolen from the Round Hill Mall Tuesday morning – the same day Daniels’ wife was attacked.

Authorities said the chase lasted about 20 minutes, ending with Daniels crashing at Vassar and Wells streets in downtown Reno. Daniels “coded out” at the scene and CPR was administered for 20 minutes before he was transported to Washoe Medical Center, investigators said. Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, authorities didn’t have an update on Daniels’ medical condition, but said it was believed he was brain dead due to the length of time he was without oxygen.

A Douglas County arrest warrant was issued for Daniels Tuesday afternoon, charging him with the attempted murder of his wife, aggravated stalking, mayhem and battery.

Authorities said on Wednesday Kari Daniels was in stable, but very serious condition.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call placed by Kari Daniels’ 12-year-old son Tuesday around 3:27 a.m. Deputies found Kari lying on the floor at the residence on the 400 block of McFaul Way. Her head was resting on a pillow soaked with blood, investigators said.

Kari Daniels was sleeping in the living room when she was awakened by a knocking and rattling on a patio gate, deputies reported. Her mother and sister told investigators that bears had been frequent visitors at the residence and Kari went out to investigate.

Darryl Daniels allegedly attacked his wife when she stepped outside. Kari’s sister reported to deputies that Kari was lying in a pool of blood on the patio when she came downstairs and Darryl was punching and kicking her while repeatedly screaming,”I’m going to kill you, bitch.”

Kari’s mother tried to stop the attack by hitting Darryl with a chair and finally throwing one at him, which caused him to leave, deputies said.

Kari suffered facial fractures in the beating and might lose the use of her right eye, investigators said.

Kari filed a restraining order against her husband in El Dorado County Court on June 7 claiming physical abuse. The order went into effect on July 2. Darryl also has a warrant from El Dorado County for spousal abuse.

Investigators said Kari was attempting to hide from her husband at the residence on McFaul Way. She moved from her home in South Lake Tahoe about three weeks ago with her three children, two of them from her eight-year marriage with Darryl, investigators said.

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