Eluder receives up to five years in prison in May 2 pursuit

A May 2 felony eluding case was resolved on Monday with the 18-year-old driver receiving 18-60 months in prison.

Carson City resident Clayton James Enox received 160 days time served on the attempted eluding charge.

Enox also admitted to a felony count of battery by a prisoner, which occurred in September.

He’d entered a guilty plea to the eluding in July and was released, only to cut off a GPS tracker and abscond within a week of his release. He was taken back into custody after he failed to appear in September.

Prosecutor Patrick Ferguson said that because they didn’t have access to his juvenile record when he was released, the court was unaware that Enox had cut off GPS monitors four times while he was under 18 years old.

Enox was on juvenile probation out of Carson City when a deputies spotted him driving a 1999 Oldsmobile through the Gardnerville Ranchos. 

“This was not an isolated incident,” Ferguson said. “On April 28, a different deputy engaged in a pursuit through Gardnerville, but stopped due to safety concerns.”

When the deputy attempted to pull him over near Waterloo and Centerville lanes, Enox accelerated to speeds of up to 65 mph along Riverview, continuing after losing the front tire.

Enox cut through the parking lot of the Riverview 7-Eleven where pedestrians and vehicles were parked before continuing southbound on 395. After losing a second tire, deputies had to use a pursuit intervention technique to stop the vehicle near the top of Jake’s Hill.

“I understand I put a lot of people in harm during a high-speed chase,” he said. “I’m remorseful of my actions and I hope for an opportunity to do better.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Enox will have to pay $10,775 in restitution for the damage done to the patrol car in stopping him.

District Judge Tom Gregory sentenced Enox to another 18-60 months and ordered him to serve that simultaneous with the eluding sentence, as was set forth in the plea agreement.


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