Sparks Police first heard about the multi-vehicle crash around 12:50pm. Witnesses told police they saw one of the frivers, 45-year-old Mark Allen Johns, running from the scene. Police say witnesses had followed Johns down to the bike path near the Truckee River where he was hiding in the bushes.
Officers found Johns in the bushes where he was verbally and physically uncooperative. Johns refused to comply with officers orders, took an aggressive stance and struggled with them when they attempted to detain him. Police say this resistance forced them to use an electronic control device to gain Johns' compliance. Johns was detained and while he was being escorted to a patrol car, he managed to slip his cuffs. He again struggled with officers, but was again taken into custody.
Police found that Johns was involved in multiple crimes in a short time frame prior to the crash at Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street. Shortly before, Johns was involved in a reckless driving incident in the area of Glen Vista and Glen Martin Drive in Sparks. At this location, he drove his red 2008 Chevy pickup up over the curb and on a citizen's landscaping. Johns was confronted by the citizen about the incident, committed a battery on the citizen by shoving him down and fled the area.
Johns then traveled from Glen Martin and Glen Vista and hit a vehicle on the I-80 eastbound off-ramp at Sparks Boulevard with his truck. Police say Johns then fled from that scene and turned south on Sparks Boulevard where he was involved in another accident. Johns attempted to turn his truck west on Greg Street and side-swiped two vehicles. He then hit another vehicle head-on pushing that vehicle into a semi-truck. Johns' vehicle was disabled due to this collision, so he fled the area on foot and was ultimately located in the bushes near the river.
Johns was booked at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office for DUI, Obstructing, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Battery and Reckless Driving.
If you have any information related to this investigation please contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231.
UPDATE - 3:10PM - Sparks Police say the streets are back open.
UPDATE - 2:16PM - According to our crew at the scene, one person is being transported to the hospital and one person is being arrested. There were four vehicles involved. The driver that hit the vehicles appears to be intoxicated and fled from police. He later dove into a bush at the river. Sparks Police fished him out.
SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – The intersection of Sparks/Greg Street is closed due to an accident, involving a semi-truck, around 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Sparks Police are advising motorists to use an alternate route.
There is no word yet on when the intersection will be open again. Police are investigating the accident.