ELKO – An Elko man led police on a high-speed chase through a residential neighborhood early Thursday morning and was arrested later that afternoon.
John Tilley, 52, was seen driving erratically around 2 a.m. in a tree streets neighborhood, according to police.
An officer attempted to pull Tilley over but he led the officer on a high speed chase through the residential neighborhood. The chase reached speeds of up to 60 miles per hour before Tilley crashed into a storage shed.
The pursing officers assumed the chase had come to an end but Tilley threw the truck into reverse in an alleged attempt to ram the officer’s car.
Sgt. Jason Pepper said the officer was able to avoid injuries.
“He started exiting the vehicle when he noticed the reverse lights come on the truck,” he said. “He barely made it back into the car before the truck slammed into the patrol car.”
Tilley took off and the pursuit continued until the officer felt it was too dangerous to continue.
The officer was able to see Tilley’s face at some point in the pursuit, which helped the detective unit arrest Tilley at his home at 2:25 p.m.
Police have not yet been able to determine the cause of Tilley’s erratic driving.
Pepper said Tilley did not attempt to resist arrest when detectives were able to find him at his home that afternoon.
“Through some investigation afterwards we found out Tilley was the person in the truck,” he said. “We looked for the guy all morning in numerous places and sometime later in the afternoon he was located and arrested without incident.”
Tilley was charged with disobeying a public officer and endangering another person, assault with a deadly weapon and violation of parole or condition of suspended sentence.
His bail is set at $25,000.