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More details on man who led law enforcement on chase into Carson City

Eugene Griffin is being held in the Washoe County Jail.
Eugene Griffin is being held in the Washoe County Jail.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 4:51 PM PDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 6:54 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE MARCH 18:More details were released Thursday about the Tuesday incident where a man fled from law enforcement and was chased into Carson City, where he was arrested after a standoff.

Eugene Kendell Griffin, 51, was checked at a hospital and then booked on several felonies, including pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said Tuesday at about 3:30 p.m. Griffin fled from local law enforcement in Washoe County who tried to stop him for speeding and went south on Interstate 580 in his red Dodge pickup truck.

When the NHP appeared, he drove the wrong way on U.S. 395 Alternate directly at a patrol and the trooper had to take evasive action to avoid being struck, the NHP said. Griffin then waved his arms and screamed profanities at troopers, then held a gun to his own head.

He then turned south and headed towards Carson City at speeds of up to 100 mph. Due to dangers, trooper broke off pursuit. The Dodge was found in the Bowers Mansion area and as troopers responded Griffin again held a gun to his head, the NHP said.

He then drove off again, heading into Carson City. Law enforcement used a maneuver to stop the vehicle in Carson City and negotiated for Griffin to surrender, which he did at 6:39 p.m.

UPDATE MARCH 17: The man who led authorities on a chase through Washoe Valley and into Carson City Tuesday has been identified as 51-year-old Eugene Griffin.

He is currently being held in the Washoe County Jail on several charges including assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving.

Police activity shuts down N. Carson Street in Carson City Tuesday afternoon.
Police activity shuts down N. Carson Street in Carson City Tuesday afternoon.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE 6:50 P.M.: The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says the man who led authorities on a chase Tuesday afternoon is now in custody. The man reportedly surrendered peacefully to law enforcement around 6:45 p.m.

A spike strip was used during the pursuit, which helped slow down the man’s truck. He also allegedly drove his vehicle toward a law enforcement officer, but reportedly did not hit them. Ultimately, it was a Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy who was able to use a maneuver in their vehicle that helped bring the driver to a stop on North Carson Street.

Deputies say the man was armed with a gun and had his pet dog in the truck with him while negotiators worked to deescalate the situation.

North Carson Street near Silver Oak Drive is now back open.

According to investigators, the man is facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

UPDATE: The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirms negotiators are talking with the person who authorities were following.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office said the suspect is in the driver's seat of the red pickup.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office said the suspect is in the driver's seat of the red pickup.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT are on scene in Carson City for ongoing police activity.

The sheriff’s office confirms to KOLO 8 News Now that they are following a person in a car so the scene is moving.

Earlier in the afternoon on Tuesday, U.S. 395 through Washoe Valley was closed.

Currently, N. Carson Street is closed in both directions near Silver Oak Drive in Carson City.

Stay with KOLO 8 News Now on this developing story.

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