Suspect in fatal Sparks crash charged with felony DUI causing death

Michael James Perry
Michael James Perry(Washoe County jail)
Published: Jan. 16, 2021 at 1:35 PM PST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 1:16 PM PST
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - A Sparks man arrested following a fatal crash near the Sparks Marina has been charged with felony DUI causing death.

Michael James Perry, 32, of Sparks was booked into the Washoe County jail on a variety of charges, following the January 16th crash including not staying to help people who were injured in a crash and felony driving under the influence.

Officials said after further investigation, the DUI causing death charge was also added.

The Sparks Police Department said Perry was driving north on Howard Drive at high speed about 12:21 a.m. when he approached El Camino Real Drive. Perry failed to stay in the driving lane and drifted into two parked vehicles on the side of the road. Police said Perry then ran from the scene.

First responders arrived to find a male unresponsive in one vehicle and a female injured in the other vehicle. Live-saving efforts did not revive the male, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The female was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

Police later found Perry and booked him.

Howard Drive was closed for about five hours.

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