SPARKS, NV - A routine traffic stop leads to the wrong driver falling victim to road spikes, speeds of more than 110 mph, and finally ending with one arrest in California.
It happened around 10:38 pm, Tues., when a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper attempted to stop 21-year-old Kody Nichols Strong of Sparks in a silver Toyota on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Virginia Street interchange for a traffic violation.
Strong ignored the trooper and sped east on 80. It was learned moments later the car was reported stolen and other troopers in the area were alerted to the chase.
After exiting I-80 at Pyramid he got back on the freeway and headed toward Verdi before he double-backed and led troopers on a high-speed chase to California.
According to troopers, Strong reached speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour. Even though “stop sticks” or portable road spikes were used in an attempt to stop Strong, troopers say it was difficult to isolate and effectively spike the fleeing Toyota based upon the high speeds involved and other drivers sharing the freeway in close proximity.
A spike attempt happened near Robb Drive which resulted in another driver to drive over the “stop stick” device instead of the fleeing suspect. A tow truck was called and another trooper gave the unintended victim a ride home.
The Toyota was successfully “spiked” at approximately 11 pm near Farad by officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Despite having at least two deflated tires, the car continued west until it finally stopped near the Floriston interchange.
Nichols was taken into custody by the CHP officers and transported to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility and booked for the violations committed in California.
As for the criminal charges in Nevada related to the pursuit, a warrant request for numerous traffic-related and felony eluding charges will be completed and submitted by the Nevada Highway Patrol to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review.