Tahoe man faces kidnapping charge

Nicholas Arthur

Nicholas Arthur

A South Lake Tahoe man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend is scheduled to appear in Tahoe Township Justice Court on Tuesday.

Nicholas Rene Arthur, 27, was arrested on July 29 after a witness intervened in a struggle at Spooner Junction.

According to the Douglas County Sheriffs Report, the witness said she was on Highway 28 when a white Jeep came up behind her driving “crazy.”

She said she pulled over and let the Jeep pass but ended up directly behind it at the intersection with Highway 50.

The witness told deputies she saw a woman sick her arm out of the Jeep’s back passenger window and open the door from the outside and run away.

Arthur then turned around and parked off the right-hand turn lane and caught up to the woman and dragged her back to the vehicle in a headlock, according to the witness.

The woman parked her car and ran toward the pair yelling at Arthur to leave the woman alone as two other Samaritans pulled over and helped.

All three of them grabbed the woman away from Arthur, who then drove away.

The victim told deputies that Arthur and she had dated and that he told her he had a check to pay a debt and that they could go to the bank and cash it.

Once in the Jeep, he drove toward Carson City and started threatening to injure her.

Arthur was spotted driving the Jeep south on Highway 50 toward Stateline near Logan Creek Drive and attempted a traffic stop near Cave Rock when the Jeep accelerated and then made a sharp turn onto Friedhoff Drive and bailed out.

He was found coming out of the bushes and struggled with deputies as they took him into custody.

Arthur is being held on charges of kidnapping, felony domestic battery and eluding.

His bail is set at nearly $175,000, according to Douglas County jail records.

• A Genoa man who was convicted by a jury of eluding is in Douglas County custody accused of driving under the influence.

Wesley Daniel Weigand, 35, was arrested July 30 for speeding and driving under the influence with one prior.

While those charges are misdemeanors, they could be a violation of his probation on a 28-72-month sentence issued in June.

Weigand has a history of reckless driving and has served prison time for eluding in 2016.

In July 2020, he fled from deputies and ran into a wall in Alpine View resulting in severe injuries.

One of the conditions of his probation is that he not use intoxicants or break the law.

• A woman, who had to get two doses of Narcan after she passed out in the back of a patrol car, is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 16.

Ashley Taylor Baldwinson is facing felony charges of being under the influence and possession of a controlled substance after she was arrested on July 21.

According to the Sheriff’s Report, Baldwinson was at the Haas Center with Daniel King when the vehicle was approached by a deputy who recognized them.

A deputy contacted her and confirmed she had a warrant out of Carson City and then detained her.

According to court documents, the deputy then contacted King and while talking to him, noticed that Baldwinson had passed out.

After she was revived, she told deputies she took a bunch of fentanyl pills to avoid being caught with them.

Because there was also a child in the vehicle, Baldwinson and King are both facing child endangerment charges.

King was scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Friday on charges of possession and child abuse.



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