RENO, NV - Two motorists were arrested and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility overnight for DUI and other charges after trying to get away from troopers.
The first was about 11:30PM Sunday. An NHP trooper tried to stop a 1992 Mercedes station wagon for traveling 80 miles per hour in a posted 45 mph speed zone on Pyramid Way just north of Queen Way in Sparks.
The trooper says the driver, 35-year-old Jose Galvan-Medina of Sparks, ignored the emergency lights and siren of the NHP cruiser and continued to travel north. Several troopers and other officers from the Sparks Police Department joined in, and then the driver stopped several miles later near the driveway of his residence in Sparks. The Highway Patrol says Galvan-Medina got out of his car and showed signs he had been drinking. He was booked into the jail for DUI-second offense; speeding; eluding a police officer and resisting arrest. His bail is $10,750.
Then, about 2:40AM, a trooper was patrolling eastbound Interstate 80 near Virginia Street and says he saw a blue 2000 Ford Explorer SUV with expired license plates. He activated the emergency lights and siren of his patrol car, hoping the driver would stop and park somewhere on the shoulder near the Wells Avenue interchange.
The driver of the SUV, 22-year-old Justin J. Rodriguez of Reno, continued to travel east and transitioned onto southbound IR-580 at the Spaghetti Bowl. The trooper says Rodriguez exited the highway at the Glendale Avenue interchange and turned right onto East 2nd Street. He pulled over and stopped his SUV momentarily on two separate occasions as if we were yielding to the trooper, before turning north onto Kietzke Lane.
Rodriguez turned onto Kuenzli Lane from Kietzke and traveled a short distance before finally stopping as other troopers and officers from the Reno Police Department gathered. The trooper says he displayed signs of intoxication and there was an odor of marijuana.
Once placed into custody without incident, several weapons including a switch-blade knife, a handgun, and a semi-automatic rifle were located inside the vehicle. Additionally, several baggies of marijuana totaling nearly one ounce were located.
Rodriguez was booked for expired vehicle registration; DUI-first offense; possession of marijuana; possession of a dangerous weapon; and eluding a police officer. His total bail was listed at $8,175 dollars.