South Lake Tahoe man arrested in high-speed chase that ended in Carson City |

South Lake Tahoe man arrested in high-speed chase that ended in Carson City

Nevada Appeal Staff Report
A high-speed pursuit ended in a crash on Carson Street Wednesday morning after a suspect attempted to flee from Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers.
Taylor Pettaway / Nevada Appeal

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Wednesday after Nevada Highway Patrol troopers forced him off the road to stop a high-speed chase heading into Carson City.

A NHP trooper attempted to stop a blue Ford Expedition driven by the man on U.S. 50 west of Spooner Summit at about 7 a.m.

He did not stop and sped down U.S. 50 toward the intersection with U.S. 395, according to NHP spokesman Dan Gordon.

“The speeds reached dangerous levels and the driver’s actions were extremely dangerous to the public,” Gordon said. “Spike strips were deployed halfway down Spooner and several of the vehicles’ tires were punctured.”

The driver ignored the flat tires and continued onto Carson Street, where Carson City Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase.

The Expedition made it to downtown Carson City before an NHP sergeant decided to end the pursuit by forcing the man to stop.

“Nevada Highway Patrol troopers forced the vehicle to crash to end the danger to the public,” Gordon said. “The pursuit ended at Carson Street at Proctor and the driver was taken into custody without further incident or injury to anyone involved.”

Two NHP vehicles were damaged during the incident.

The South Lake Tahoe man was placed under arrest and booked into Carson City jail on charges of eluding police, reckless driving, disregard traffic control devices, speeding, and driving without a valid license. He may also be charged with DUI, pending the test results, Gordon said.

ORIGINAL POST: Chase that started on Spooner Summit near Tahoe ends in downtown Carson City

A high-speed pursuit ended in a crash on Carson Street Tuesday after a suspect attempted to flee from Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers.

The chase started on Spooner Summit after NHP attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect, described as a younger Hispanic male, then took off down Spooner and into Carson City. Carson City Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle at the bottom of the summit and assisted NHP in the chase.

Officials confirmed that a spike strip was utilized on Carson Street, however had little effect on the driver who continued on three flat tires. It was estimated that nearly half a dozen troopers were involved in the chase.

Troopers stopped the vehicle at Carson and Telegraph Streets after ramming the suspect vehicle with a Department of Public Safety trooper vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody by Carson City deputies. Charges for the suspect are unknown.

Witness accounts said the suspect may have told troopers that he didn’t stop because he didn’t feel that he had done anything wrong to get pulled over, however, motive has not been confirmed by officials.

No injuries were reported in the chase from either the suspect or the trooper. Carson City Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation as per protocol.

The suspect nor the trooper involved have been identified. Investigation is still pending and Carson Street from Musser to Proctor was closed for several hours.

No other information has been made available.

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