NHP: Suspect Driver in High Speed Chase Will Face Charges in 2 Counties

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RENO, Nev. -- The accused driver of the vehicle that led law enforcement officials on a high speed chase exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour will face charges in two different counties.

A Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) official tells KOLO 8 News Now, 24-year-old Tyler Leggett from San Diego, was arrested overnight and will first face charges in Mineral County then charges in Churchill County will be addressed.

The charges Leggett faces include Speeding, Felony Eluding an Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the chase that began about 18 minutes north of Hawthorne Saturday (March 30th) evening.

RENO, Nev. -- The Nevada Highway Patrol is searching for a suspect who is still on the loose, escaping on foot following a high speed chase. It started around 6:50 PM, 18 miles north of Hawthorne when a trooper spotted a red Ford Mustang passing another driver on a stretch of road marked with a double yellow line. When the trooper attempted to stop the car, the Mustang took off at a high rate of speed, continuing to pass other vehicles.

Walker River Tribal police joined in the chase attempting to use a spike strip to stop the speeding Mustang. That attempt failed, and the driver continued at speeds above 100 miles per hour toward Fallon. As the driver got closer to town Fallon Police and Churchill County Sheriff's Deputies once again deployed spike strips to stop the car. This time 3 of the cars tires were punctured. The driver lost control of the vehicle near Colorado Lane, coming to a stop after failing to negotiate a turn. According to Troopers the 24-year-old male suspect took off and foot. A 30-year-old female passenger remained in the car, and was arrested. Authorities are still looking for the driver who escaped.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Nevada Highway Patrol at (775) 684-0400.