Authorities look for man who fled drug arrest

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Updated: 10/23/2013 6:32 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Authorities are looking for the man who fled a traffic stop after Nevada Highway Patrol found three pounds of marijuana in his car.

NHP says the incident happened yesterday around 4:00 pm. NHP says a sergeant conducted a trafficstop on Interstate 80 near the Mustang interchange, approximately four miles east of Sparks. The gold 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante was stopped for following another vehicle too closely and the lone motorist was identified by his Kansas identification card as 25-year-old Lonnie Scott Schaefer from Lawrence, Kansas.

While speaking to Schaefer about the reason for the traffic stop, NHP says the sergeant observed several signs or indicators of criminal behavior. He asked and received permission to search the car. Once a second trooper arrived on scene, the search was conducted and three pounds of marijuana were located inside the vehicle. As Schaefer was about to be placed into custody and arrested, he fled from the scene and proceeded on foot toward the Truckee River area adjacent to the freeway.

The search for Schaefer lasted several hours and he was never located. Schaefer is described as a white male adult, 5’11” tall, 190 pounds, and has short brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a white and blue horizontal striped short sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.

Schaefer’s vehicle was towed from the scene and taken to the impound yard, and the marijuana was placed into the NHP evidence vault.  Schaefer is also currently on parole from a previous robbery conviction in Kansas.

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