Police car Rammed During High-Speed Chase Through Reno

A 22-year-old man is under arrest following a high-speed chase on South Virginia Street in which a Reno police car was rammed.

The pursuit began Saturday morning after a Reno officer saw a man run two red lights at an estimated speed of 70 miles an hour on South Virginia.

The driver, who police identified as Jesse Adam Sweet, pulled into a Post Office parking lot (at Virginia and McCabe streets. As the officer approached the vehicle, the man put the pickup into reverse and accelerated. The officer jumped back into his patrol car and the truck hit it, rolling over the hood of the car and back onto the ground.

The officer again called out to the driver and then fired several shots at the truck as it left the parking lot.

The driver again headed south on South Virginia Street pursued by other Reno police officers. He turned west onto Foothill Road, where police forced the pickup off the roadway and into a ditch.

Police caught the driver as he ran.

The truck had been reported stolen from a Reno hotel parking lot.

Sweet was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense; driving with a revoked license; reckless driving; grand larceny; assault with a deadly weapon; resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon and felony evading a peace officer.

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