Kidnap Tip Leads To High-Speed Chase

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FERNLEY, NV - There were several anxious moments Monday as a man led officers on a high-speed chase through much of Western Nevada, at times hitting 100 miles an hour and in the wrong lane.

Before it was over it involved officers from several agencies. At least three of them are working to put the entire story together.

It began with a call to Tribal Police in Schurz. A man said he'd been approached by a woman who said she was being kidnapped by a man in a nearby car.

Walker River Tribal Police stopped the car north of Schurz, got the woman out, but the driver and another woman passenger sped off.

Churchill County Sheriff's deputies picked up the chase outside Fallon. The driver of the small S-U-V sped through town, reportedly at speeds up to 80 miles an hour, at one point through a school zone.

Then he led officers north on U-S 95 to Trinity Junction, turning south of I-80, he reportedly drove at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, for a short time, westbound in the eastbound lanes.

North of Fernley, he avoided spikes placed in the roadway to stop him.

As Reno police were planning to shut down all exits in town if the chase got to the Truckee Meadows, the man pulled off the freeway into Fernley.

The chase ended in a south Fernley neighborhood, where both the driver and the woman passenger jumped out of the car, she carrying bags and a dog.

The driver fled on foot through the neighborhood. Police combed the area. By now, Churchill County and Walker River, had been joined by, NHP, Lyon County officers aided by dogs and the Raven helicopter from Washoe County.

Eventually, the still unidentified driver was found at a home in the neighborhood, unresponsive, the possible result, it was reported, of a self-inflicted overdose. He's being treated at Renown in Reno, facing multiple charges from multiple agencies when he recovers.