One arrested in Sparks street-racing incident; others sought

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - A street-racing investigation late Saturday, January 25, 2020 led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Reno driver, and a 17-year-old who was booked into Jan Evans on charges related to the incident, the Sparks Police Department said. The investigation continues to find the identities of other street racers.

Luis Aflredo Lara-Rodrgiuez. Washoe County jail photo.

Luis Aflredo Lara-Rodrgiuez was booked into the Washoe County jail on several driving-related charges, including felony disobeying a police officer while endangering the public, as well as running red lights, reckless driving and driving without a valid license.

About 11:45 p.m. police went to the area of Greg Street and McCarran Boulevard in Sparks’ industrial area to investigate reports of street racing. While at Spice Island and Purina Way, police said people gathered to watch street racing. Police started stopping vehicles and as they walked up to the vehicles, the racers sped off, police said.

Police chased the vehicles from Purina Way into a nearby business parking lot. The vehicles went into a gravel area and onto railroad tracks. Officers stopped the chase out of concern for safety to the public.

As police left the area, they saw about 15 to 20 other racers driving on McCarran Boulevard away from the area. A patrol car was stopped at the light at McCarran and Nichols Boulevards and the racers pulled up to the officer at the red light, police said. Several vehicles began revving their engines.

Police said the vehicle driven by Rodriguez sped off at high speed when the light turned green. Police tried to pull him over but he continued at speeds of up to 60 mph and ran red lights, so police ended the chase. Police found the vehicle at 6200 Meadowood Mall Circle and arrested Rodriguez.

“Sparks Police want to remind the public that street racing and spectating a street race is dangerous and illegal,” police said in a statement. “Sparks Police will continue with proactive enforcement on those involved in this type of illegal activities. “

Police ask anyone with information about the identity of other drivers involved to call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or report it at www.secretwitness.com. People who give tips to Secret Witness can remain anonymous.

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