Stolen vehicle crashed into parked car, one critically injured

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Updated: 8/12/2014 6:39 am
UPDATE: 6:33 a.m., 8/12/14

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- One person is still in the hospital Tuesday morning after he or she was critically injured in a car crash Monday afternoon.

According to police, the crash started in the intersection of West 1st Street and Vine, and ended up in the rocks near a brick building. According to officials, a Ford mustang ran a stop sign and was hit by a silver Jeep.
The driver of the mustang was released from the hospital, but the passenger remains in critical condition.

The crash happened just after the mustang was identified as stolen by police.

"We have, they're called hot sheets -- stolen vehicles -- and it's a list of year, make, model, and it matched one of the ones that was on the hot sheets. And so one of the deputies went to try to stop the vehicle when it took off," said Reno Police Department PIO Tim Broadway.

The driver of the mustang has been identified as Jerry Ruch. He was treated for minor injuries and has been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He is currently at the Washoe County Jail being held on $20,000 bail. Anyone who witnessed the crash, or has any information, should contact secret witness at 322-4900.

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A parked car was sent propelling toward a house after being hit by another vehicle on West 1st Street and Vine Street around 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Reno Police Department. 

According to officials, the vehicle that hit the parked car was stolen. Washoe County Sheriff's Office identified the stolen car and tried to perform a routine traffic stop -- the vehicle fled, ran a stop sign and hit a parked silver Jeep on First Street.

The two men occupying the stolen vehicle sustained critical injuries while the man in the SUV has minor injuries, according to Officer Tim Broadway from the Reno Police Department.

Police say the driver of the Mustang is Jerry Ruch, and he's been charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Anyone who witnesses the crash or has any information should contact Secret Witness and (775) 322-4900.
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Speed - 8/12/2014 11:50 AM
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Some places,like Salt Lake City,have adopted policies of NOT pursuing in these situations;instead,they often use tracking by air,and move in on the drivers with ground units after they've stopped. This seems much safer,but I wonder if it diminishes the number of arrests of violators. The main thing is that it reduces the likelihood of these crashes. This NON-pursuit angle ONLY works if there's a helicopter watching where the car thieves go after the cops drop the chase. Otherwise,it's just giving a car thief a pass.

Carson Mom - 8/12/2014 9:48 AM
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And another thing...I am tired of hearing the criminal excuse of, "It's not my fault, I'm a drug addict." If they are drug addicts, yes it is their fault. No one forced them to use and become addicted and I have never seen a commercial that said, "Hey use drugs never be addicted." Let's see some accountability and less blaming/whining.

Carson Mom - 8/12/2014 9:45 AM
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Enough of these criminal jerks hurting people and property in auto chases, crashes, etc. Who do they think they are?!!? This is like the third in three months. They should all get extra time in prison if their capture involved a car crash.

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