ELKO – A high speed car chase in the middle of the night led to the arrest of two juveniles and the confiscation of a large amount of marijuana, while a third person got away on foot.
Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi said the incident at about 2:43 a.m. Monday began at Carlin and ended near Deeth.
Carlin police were pursuing a Chevy sedan when the driver attempted to ram the police car, and sped eastward on Interstate 80. Responders included sheriff’s deputies and Nevada Highway Patrol.
Palhegyi said all off-ramps were blocked at Elko to prevent the vehicle from entering town. The chase exceeded 100 mph, but an Elko patrol vehicle was able to follow it to the Deeth off-ramp. The driver then entered the westbound off-ramp in an effort to continue east in the wrong lanes.
Palhegyi said the officer forced the vehicle into a guardrail before it could become a danger to oncoming traffic.
Three people fled the car, which had a temporary Utah license tag. The teen driver and a teen passenger were apprehended, but another passenger fled into the darkness and has not been found.
Police said they found more than three pounds of marijuana in the car’s trunk.
The driver could face attempted murder charges for the incident involving the Carlin patrol car, Palhegyi said.
Carlin police were unavailable for comment.