COPS: DUI suspect flees accident, swears he’s in Elko
One man was arrested after he was allegedly driving under the influence and caused an accident on State Route 160, which he then fled and attempted to avoid police by walking into a local store.
On Monday around 8 p.m., a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was notified by police dispatch that several people, including a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper, had called in about a possible drunk driver in a pickup truck heading northbound on State Route 160.
The deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description and license plate number given to dispatch and attempted to stop the driver near State Route 372.
The driver, later identified as Michael Jackson, however, continued northbound before pulling into a parking spot in the Walmart parking lot and attempting to avoid the deputy by walking quickly towards the store.
Police were able to stop the man, at which time a strong odor of some kind of alcohol could be smelled coming from Jackson. The deputy also noticed the man’s speech was slurred and that he was extremely confused.
Jackson allegedly denied drinking any alcohol that night, but also believed that he was in Elko County.
When deputies went to obtain Jackson’s registration and proof of insurance from his vehicle, they reportedly discovered an open beer can and a medical marijuana document in Jackson’s name.
After running Jackson’s name through dispatch, police discovered his license was suspended three days prior on Nov. 23.
He failed all field sobriety tests he was asked to perform and it was also discovered he had been involved in an accident just prior to being pulled over where he had allegedly traveled north in the southbound lane of the highway hitting another vehicle before leaving the scene.
He was placed under arrest for both driving while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of the accident and transported to the local detention center to be booked into custody.
COPS: Police chase leads to fugitive’s arrest
Police arrested two people Monday evening after one man led police on a high speed chase back to his house, where he was allegedly harboring a fugitive.
Around 9 p.m., a police officer saw a white Jeep Cherokee traveling westbound on Charleston Park turn onto Woodchips Road.
The deputy had been looking for the vehicle because the driver, Ernest Ruis, was known to be harboring a suspect by the name of Taneka Wynne, who had a felony warrant out for her arrest.
As the deputy turned around to follow the jeep, he saw the driver begin to travel at a high rate of speed as if trying to avoid police.
The officer continued to follow the vehicle, until he saw the driver fail to stop at a stop sign, at which time he attempted to pull the jeep over.
Ruis did not stop, however, instead allegedly continuing at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, until he came to a stop outside his residence on Horn Road.
As the officer approached the jeep he saw Ruis open his door to get out, at which time he was placed under arrest for felony eluding.
An immediate search of the outside of Ruis’s property led police to discover Wynne hiding in the backyard, and she too was placed under arrest.
Both were then transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.
COPS: Text message marijuana deal turns sour for one man
A ringing cell phone sealed one man’s arrest after he set up a time to sell marijuana to an undercover police officer in the Walmart parking lot on Tuesday.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, an undercover deputy with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office showed another officer text messages from an unknown individual on Monday who wanted to meet up and “trade bowl for bowl” of marijuana.
On Tuesday, that officer using the same phone, texted the male, later indentified as Scott Heberlein, and asked him if he wanted to meet. The male reportedly texted back that he did, and when the officer asked if 4:30 p.m. would work, Heberlein allegedly responded 5:30 p.m. would be better because he had to pick up his child.
The two then agreed to meet at the green recycling bins in the Walmart parking lot later that day.
As the time drew nearer for Heberlein and police to meet, officers texted the suspect back telling him they would be there around 6 p.m. Heberlein responded that he would be waiting in his car with the trunk open.
At 6:15 p.m. police made contact with Heberlein at his vehicle located by the recycling bins and immediately detained him for questioning.
Another detective who had arrived on scene as well began walking around the vehicle, at which time he allegedly saw a plastic bag with what appeared to be marijuana inside, sitting on the passenger seat of the man’s car.
Another officer then called the suspect’s number, which they had from all of the text messages, at which time Heberlein’s phone began to ring.
Heberlein allegedly admitted to officers he was trying to get $50 for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana from whomever he was texting.
He was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.
A search of his person also allegedly revealed two pocket knives and a pipe in his pocket.
COPS: Flying beer cans lead police to DUI suspect
A swerving vehicle and two beer cans seen thrown out the window helped police spot and stop an alleged drunk driver last week.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, around 5:40 a.m. on Nov. 22 in the area of San Lorenzo and Red Butte streets, a deputy witnessed a vehicle swerving left and right in the road in front of him. The deputy then reportedly saw two beer cans be thrown from the passenger side of the vehicle, at which time he decided to conduct a traffic stop.
As the officer walked towards the driver’s side of the vehicle, he noted he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside.
The driver, identified as Nicolas Romero-Terrazas, reportedly had watery, bloodshot eyes and allegedly told the officer he had just left Paddy’s where he had been drinking. Romero-Terrazas was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests, all of which he reportedly failed, and a preliminary breath test showed Romero-Terrazas had a .149 blood alcohol content at the time he was pulled over.
A check through police dispatch also showed that Romero-Terrazas had been convicted of two prior DUIs since 2006.
Romero-Terrazas was then placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.