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Hearing set for trio involved in high speed chase

Staff Reports
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

Three people arrested in connection with a pair of high speed chases through Carson Valley are scheduled for March 18 preliminary hearings.

Timothy Phillips, 41, Natalie Murphy, 32, and Sean Stillwell, 38, were arrested Feb. 27 in connection with the incident.

A preliminary hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to hold the three for trial.

The Nevada Highway Patrol tried to stop a silver Mercedes at Highway 395 and Jacks Valley Road at approximately 3:35 p.m. Feb. 27.

Reno resident Phillips was arrested the same day after allegedly abandoning a Mercedes sedan in Minden.

According to documents filed with the court, Phillips was allegedly driving down Highway 50 at 85 mph in a 50 mph zone when the Nevada Highway Patrol radar vehicle spotted him.

The trooper followed him onto Highway 395, where the Mercedes hit speeds of 125 mph as troopers pursued him.

Douglas County deputies were waiting for the Mercedes in Minden. The vehicle was abandoned on Mackland Avenue.

Phillips was tased and taken into custody near the Douglas County Public Library. Phillips allegedly had a bag of what tested as methamphetamine and three different drivers’ licenses.

Deputies learned that someone might be on their way down to Minden to pick Phillips up.

A red Toyota Rav 4 was spotted southbound on Highway 88 at 4:35 p.m. as the Phillps’ arrest was wrapping up.

Deputies pursed the Toyota with Texas plates onto Mottsville Lane where it reached speeds up to 110 mph.

Deputies broke off pursuit after the vehicle entered the opposing travel lanes, nearly causing a head-on wreck.

After they didn’t see the vehicle pass through Stateline, deputies backtracked and found it locked up at Heavenly overflow parking.

They followed tracks to alleged passenger Murphy who surrendered.

Deputies located Stillwell who was allegedly hiding in a dumptruck bed.

Stillwell is accused of driving the Toyota.

A hotel key found on Phillips’ person led to a search of a South Lake Tahoe hotel, which allegedly revealed a credit card reader, embosser and drugs.

All three appeared in East Fork Justice Court Wednesday.

Phillips is charged with speeding and trafficking in a controlled substance and is being held on more than $112,000 bail.

Stillwell is charged with eluding and evading, and is being held on more than $38,000 bail.

Murphy is charged with possession of a controlled substance. Her bail is set at $10,000.