SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Highway Patrol says two drivers were arrested and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility overnight for DUI and other charges after attempting to flee from troopers in two separate events.
NHP says the first event took place at around 11:30 pm Apr. 7 when a sergeant with the Nevada Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 1992 Mercedes station wagon for traveling 80 miles per hour in a posted 45 mph speed zone on Pyramid Way just north of Queen Way in Sparks.
The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Jose Galvan-Medina of Sparks, ignored the emergency lights and siren of the NHP cruiser and continued to travel north on the four-lane highway. Several troopers and other officers from the Sparks Police Department were called to assist. Galvan-Medina failed to maintain a lane and ultimately stopped several miles later near the driveway of his home in Sparks.
NHP says Galvan-Medina got out of his car and showed signs of significant drunkenness. He was transported and booked into the detention facility for DUI-second offense; speed-80 mph in a posted 45 mph zone; eluding a police officer; and resisting arrest. His total bail amount was listed at $10,750 dollars.
Around 2:40 am, a trooper was patrolling eastbound Interstate 80 near Virginia Street and observed a blue 2000 Ford Explorer SUV with expired license plates. He activated the emergency lights and siren of his patrol car, but the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Justin J. Rodriguez of Reno, continued to travel east and transitioned onto southbound IR-580 at the Spaghetti Bowl. Rodriguez exited the highway at the Glendale Avenue interchange and turned right onto East 2nd Street. He pulled over and stopped his SUV momentarily on two separate occasions as if we was yielding to the trooper, before turning north onto Kietzke Lane.
Rodriguez made a left turn onto Kuenzli Lane from Kietzke and traveled a short distance before finally stopping as other troopers and officers from the Reno Police Department converged at the location. He displayed signs of intoxication and an odor of marijuana.
NHP says once placed into custody without incident, several weapons including a switch-blade knife, a handgun, and a semi-automatic rifle were located inside the vehicle. Additionally, several baggies of marijuana totaling nearly one ounce were located as well.
Rodriguez was transported to the Washoe County jail and booked for expired vehicle registration; DUI-first offense; possession of marijuana; possession of a dangerous weapon; and eluding a police officer. His total bail was listed at $8,175 dollars.
Both men are still in custody at the Washoe County jail this afternoon.