SPARKS, NV - The man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase was arrested Tuesday night.
Sparks police say it all started at 7:25PM Tuesday at a gas station when a woman called police saying a man pulled open her car door and yelled obscenities at her.
51-year-old Christopher David Larson of Sparks is charged with DUI-2nd, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Eluding and Obstructing an Officer.
According to Sgt. Greta Woyciehowsky, the incident seems to be unprovoked and the two did not know each other. When officers arrived on scene the suspect was already gone. The victim told officers which direction he was headed and Larson’s vehicle was found a short distance later.
Police say when officers tried to pull Larson over, he sped off, but the chase was quickly called off because officers were worried about public safety. Shortly after, officers spotted the car again at Vista and D’Andrea, where the vehicle made an abrupt and erratic turn in front of a patrol vehicle. The vehicles collided briefly. Officers managed to box him in and the car was pulled over.
Officers then drew their weapons because they believed the suspect had a CCW license, but no weapon was ever shown. Larson then backed up over an officer’s foot and sped off onto I-80 eastbound. The officer was treated and went back to work.
The Washoe County RAVEN helicopter was called in and followed the car into Fernley. Once it got to Fernley, the driver headed back to Sparks, where the chase ended. Spike strips were used and once the car was disabled, police say Larson tried to run on foot, then tried to fight off the officer who was trying to handcuff him. A taser was used to calm him down and was taken into custody. Larson told officers he had a bad day and was not tolerant of others, leading to his outburst at the gas station.
Police believe alcohol was a factor. Larson was taken to Renown for treatment, then booked into the Washoe County Jail. Sparks police are leading the investigation with NHP assisting.