Reno Men Held In Vehicle Theft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two Reno men were arrested near Lake Tahoe after fleeing officers on Interstate 80 and crashing a stolen pickup truck into a house.

Robert Bonzie and Jesse Bates, both 19, face multiple charges following their arrest late Wednesday, the Placer County sheriff's office said.

The incident began earlier that night, when Nevada authorities contacted the California Highway Patrol about a reckless driver heading west on I-80, according to authorities.

A CHP trooper spotted the Ford pickup truck heading south toward Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. When the trooper turned around, authorities said the truck sped away and turned into a neighborhood near Sunnyside, where it crashed into a house.

Authorities said the truck had been reported stolen from Reno.

A few minutes later, the sheriff's office received a 911 call from a resident near the crash site who said man wearing only pants kicked in his door and was standing in his living room.

The resident yelled at the man to leave and he did.

Authorities said another resident heard a ruckus out in the street, where Bonzie and Bates were allegedly trying to steal another car.

The two took off running, but Bonzie was tackled by the resident and held for police.

Bates was arrested a short time later after being tracked by a police dog, the sheriff's office said.

Both were booked on multiple charges, including vehicle theft and resisting an officer, authorities said.


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