Nevada State Police troopers examine a pickup driven into the center barrier of Highway 395 on March 24 after a short chase witnessed by motorists just north of Minden
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.
A 55-year-old man who was found guilty of attempted eluding and battery on an officer was sentenced to five years in prison Monday.
Hector Juarez Leon was arrested on March 24 after a very public chase north of Minden that resulted in his vehicle hitting the barrier in the middle of Highway 395 south of Genoa Lane.
Leon was driving a white GMC pickup north at speeds of up to 90 mph with deputies in pursuit.
It was reported that Leon brake checked deputies multiple times, passed other vehicles on the shoulder of the road and had a .357 handgun that he was brandishing.
He was given credit for 171 days.
• A man, who is in the country illegally, admitted to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Under an agreement, prosecutors will recommend that Jesus Rosillo Melchor, 41, receive a suspended 12-30-month prison sentence and will give up the .22 Browning pistol.
The maximum sentence is up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Melchor was arrested Jan. 15 after a firearm was found in a closet during a search. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24.
• A statewide warrant was issued Monday for Jessica Lynn Demarco who failed to appear for a drug court hearing.
Demarco was arrested in a March 2022 incident in which she was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit. The vehicle was a stolen Toyota Highlander driven by Donald Earl Robertson from Topsy Lane north running red lights and reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. She was sentenced to 170 days in jail for possession of a controlled substance and a gross misdemeanor possession of burglary tools, which was suspended so she could participate in the drug court program.
• A man who admitted to his third DUI offense on Monday could face six years in prison.
Jon Anthony Jamison, 61, was arrested May 29, on Riverview Drive in Gardnerville with a blood alcohol content of .19.
Pending a presentence investigation, Jamison was ordered to have an interlock device installed on his vehicle.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 23.