NHP arrests fugitive driving stolen car in Fernley

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Updated: 1/17/2013 6:36 pm
FERNLEY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Highway Patrol arrested a man driving a stolen vehicle in Fernley.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at around 10am, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was on routine patrol on IR80 near Exit 46, in Fernley, when the trooper stopped a vehicle for a registration violation. The vehicle was driven by a male and had a female passenger. The trooper says it was observed that the vehicle’s steering column was broken apart, and the driver gave a false name to the trooper, and could not produce a driver’s license. Not being able to positively identify the driver, the NHP trooper arrested him and handcuffed him. Around that time, the vehicle, a red 1997 Ford Escort station wagon, was confirmed stolen out of Shasta County California.

Police say the driver was identified as 23-year-old Andrew Cook out of Anderson, California.

After further investigation by the trooper, it was discovered that Cook had eight felony warrants out of Shasta County California. Four of the warrants had bail amounts of $250,000.000. The other 4 had bail amounts of $25,000.00. Total bail for all 8 warrants was $1.1 million dollars.

Police say Cook was also charged with:
-Driving without a valid driver’s license
-Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
-Obstructing/Delaying a Police Officer (proving false information to a police officer)

The female passenger was identified as 19-year-old Amber Cecil, also out of Anderson, California. Cecil was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Both Cook and Cecil were booked into the Lyon County Jail in Yerington, Nv.

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