Felony charges filed after high-speed chase
Six felony charges have been filed against a Gardnerville man accused of leading Douglas County sheriff’s deputies on a chase that ended with a three-car pileup.
John Gregory Good, 37, is to appear today in East Fork Justice Court. He was formally charged Monday with felony counts of attempted robbery, domestic battery, eluding a peace officer, battery on an officer, driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of .10 percent or more with two prior convictions.
He is also accused of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, a gross misdemeanor, and a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of jail time, while the felonies are punishable with prison terms.
East Fork Justice Court records say Good took a car without permission Aug. 12 from the repair shop where he worked and accosted a former girlfriend at the Topaz Lake campground. A sheriff’s report says Good tried to take the woman’s jewelry and car keys, choking her and breaking one of her fingers in the process.
Deputies attempted to stop Good south of Gardnerville, but he allegedly rammed a patrol car with the Cadillac he was driving. A second patrol deputy intentionally bumped Good, leading to a collision between the Cadillac and the first patrol car. Good was arrested without further incident.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the collision because Douglas County deputies were involved. Information on the status of the investigation was not available as of press time Tuesday.
Good was treated for minor injuries and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
The criminal complaint says the domestic battery charge, normally prosecuted as a misdemeanor, was elevated to a felony category because Good has two prior domestic violence convictions. The complaint also lists two previous convictions for drunken driving and driving with a .10 percent or greater blood-alchol content, which would make any additional convictions within seven years a felony. The complaint doesn’t list Good’s alleged blood-alcohol content the night of the chase.
Three deputies involved in the chase were treated for minor injuries. Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher said the officers, Phil Lesquereux and brothers Robert and Joe Duffy, all returned to work by Monday.
He also said the damaged cars can be salvaged. Damage to one was estimated at $2,000, while the other will cost about $5,500 to fix.