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Low-speed pursuit results in arrest of Olympic skier


An Olympic skier is in Douglas County custody after being pulled over near Kingsbury Grade for reckless driving and striking a patrol vehicle with his pickup.

Errol Manley Kerr, 33, was arrested on Thursday afternoon, after the emergency dispatchers received a 1:30 p.m. call of a possible drunken driver on Highway 50, who was traveling slowly and failing to maintain his lane, even stopping in the middle of the highway.

Deputies spotted a silver Dodge pickup westbound on 50 near Kahle Drive and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The driver continued at a slow speed up Kingsbury Grade and onto Granite Springs Road.

Douglas County Undersheriff Ron Elges said deputies tried to block him from continuing into the neighborhood, but the pickup struck the patrol vehicle’s open driver’s side door, nearly pinning a deputy.

Kerr refused to exit the vehicle and had to be dragged from the drivers seat. They ended up deploying a taser to subdue him.

Kerr is a Lake Tahoe resident and downhill skier, who finished ninth at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

He was scheduled to appear at Tahoe Township Justice Court on Friday on charges including felony eluding a peace officer, according to jail records.

He most recently competed in the 2011 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., where he represented Jamaica in the Men’s Skier X competition.

A Tuesday afternoon collision on Kingsbury Grade resulted in the arrest of the driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

According to the initial report the driver left the lane and hit a stone barrier about three miles up from the intersection with Highway 50. The collision was reported at 4:30 p.m.

The South Lake Tahoe man was booked on charges of driving under the influence, not having a valid license, driving too fast for conditions and an outside warrant.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible drunk driver involved in a collision at Johnson Lane and Fremont 1 p.m. Tuesday. The driver left the scene before deputies arrived.

Kerr’s was one of three arrests for driving under the influence since the governor announced he was ordering Nevadans who weren’t engaged in essential activities to stay home on April 1.