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Truck chase suspect in court Friday

F.T. Norton

A 19-year-old Carson City man, who led police on a 13-hour chase Tuesday through Carson City before he was captured in Glenbrook, will be in court Friday, July 16.

Roderick Macleod is being held in Douglas County Jail. He will appear before Tahoe Township Judge Richard Glasson in Minden’s court for an arraignment.

Macleod was arrested and taken into custody by members of the Carson City Sheriff’s Department 13 hours after officers spotted him driving a stolen 24-foot U-Haul truck in Indian Hills, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.

Macleod was arrested without incident. He is being held on suspicion of false imprisonment, possession of stolen property and eluding officers.

Officers from Washoe, Douglas, Carson and the Nevada Department of Public Safety, along with a helicopter and police dogs, scoured the forest and ravine surrounding Glenbrook from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. searching for Macleod, who allegedly fired shots from the window of the truck as he fled.

The search began shortly after 4 a.m. when a Douglas County deputy tried to pull over the “suspicious-looking” U-Haul, but the driver refused to stop. The vehicle had been stolen from the U-Haul dealership at Saliman Road and Highway 50 East.

The chase continued into north Carson City, where Carson City police joined in and went into North Douglas County where Mike Mitchell, 20, allegedly jumped from the moving vehicle.

Carson City Deputy Mike Fischer said he chased Mitchell on foot.

“I was yelling ‘Stop, police!’ but he just kept going,” Fischer said. He said he fired a taser, striking Mitchell, who surrendered.

Mitchell allegedly told police Macleod was holding him at gunpoint.

“(Macleod) said he was going to kill (Mitchell) if he tried to escape,” Fischer said, noting Mitchell said he ran from police because he was “scared.” “He said (Macleod) was drunk and he was going to shoot it out with police.”

Mitchell was booked into the Douglas County Jail on a domestic battery warrant and suspicion of possession of stolen property. His court date is also undetermined.

Douglas County police unsuccessfully deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the truck, Mezzetta said. The chase proceeded up Highway 50 to Spooner Summit and through the casino corridor at Stateline and entered South Lake Tahoe, before returning to Douglas County. He was eventually caught shortly after 5 p.m.


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