Carson man arrested in Indian Hills pursuit

A Carson City man was injured and faces charges after he allegedly led deputies on a high speed chase through an Indian Hills neighborhood on Wednesday night.

James Shepard, 46, of Carson City, allegedly tried to elude deputies in a silver Chevrolet Cavalier after he'd been pulled over on north Highway 395 for speeding and erratic driving.

The chase ended up in a collision with a parked car at the intersection of Plymouth Drive and Coloma Drive in Indian Hills, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

A man identified as Shepard was pulled over north of Cradlebaugh Bridge after witnesses reported someone ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 395 and Stephanie Way. When the deputy approached the vehicle, it appeared Shepard was intoxicated. When asked to turn off the car, Shepard reportedly fumbled with the ignition, turned the car off, turned the car on, then drove from the scene.

Deputies chased Shepard off of Highway 395 onto Plymouth Drive, near a storage facility south of Indian Hills. One deputy estimated Shepard to be driving at 60 to 70 mph up a hill approaching a stop sign at the intersection of Plymouth Drive and Coloma Drive. At the crown of the hill, the vehicle skidded and ran into a Dodge Durango parked in front of a residence. The Durango knocked into a fence and another vehicle, a Ford pickup, parked in front of it.

Paramedics had to cut Shepard from his vehicle. He was then flown by helicopter to Renown Medical Center in Reno.

A background check revealed Shepard had been arrested three times within the last seven years for driving under the influence.

Shepard faces charges of driving under the influence three or more times, eluding an officer among others.

, reckless wanton disregard, obstructing a public officer, failure to obey red light, failure to obey stop sign, speeding 65 in a 25 mph zone, failing to maintain lane, improper turn and driving while revoked for a previous driving under the influence charge.


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