ELKO – A Montana man has turned himself in two years after a violent car accident resulted in all seven occupants of the vehicle being injured.
Richard Harris, 23, was wanted on a warrant for five counts of reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily harm to five of the vehicle’s passengers on May 17, 2015.
According to Nevada Highway Patrol, the vehicle appeared to be traveling east on South Fork Road and crashed at the intersection of South Fork and Jiggs Highway.
Harris swerved while traveling through the intersection the vehicle hit an embankment, which caused it to go airborne. Two of the seven passengers in the 2007 Dodge Challenger were ejected.
Harris claimed he swerved in an attempt to avoid a deer but further investigation showed that the claim was false. NHP was not able to determine the cause of the accident.
Lt. Tamrah Jackson said the length of time it takes to investigate accidents like this often prevent an arrest from being made when officers show up at the scene.
“In a lot of our cases, especially when it involves significant injuries, we like to be able to have the time to do a full, thorough investigation to confirm what’s going on, then we’ll provide the completed investigation to the DA’s office” she said. “If there were other circumstances sometimes they are arrested on scene, but a lot of times we try to wait.”
Harris’s bail was set at $500,000.