Suspect in fatal crash after Douglas County chase identified

Blake Thacker
Blake Thacker(Douglas County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 7:42 PM PST
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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO) - NOV. 17 UPDATE: An Oregon man wanted on a felony parole violation who allegedly led Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase, ending with the death of one of his passengers, has been identified as Blake Edward Thacker, 31.

Thacker’s passenger, John David Schulze, 43, was ejected from Thacker’s vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The 19-year-old driver of the vehicle Thacker hit was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center with unspecified injures, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

A DCSO deputy recognized Thacker Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. and attempted to stop his vehicle, which led to a pursuit in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Thacker’s vehicle hit the car driven by the 19-year-old at Tillman Lane and Patricia Drive. Thacker’s vehicle then rolled several times.

Thacker was taken by medical helicopter to a Reno hospital and is now being held in the Douglas County jail on the Oregon parole violation charges as well as felony charges for the chase and the crash that injured the other driver.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nevada Highway Patrol and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office are investigating a fatal crash following a chase with a man wanted for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Oregon.

A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly recognized the suspect and his vehicle when he was seen speeding in the Gardnerville Ranchos area around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. According to DCSO, the agency had been on the lookout for this suspect for more than a week.

The driver took off in a different direction and was eventually spotted on nearby side streets. When the deputy tried to stop the suspect, he reportedly hit other vehicles while attempting to get away. The chase ended near the intersection of Tillman Lane and Patricia Drive when the suspect hit another car, causing his vehicle to roll.

Investigators say the passenger in the suspect’s vehicle was ejected and died at the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

If your vehicle was hit during this incident, you’re asked to call the non-emergency dispatch number at 775-782-5126.

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