Juvenile accused of trying to run over deputy
A 17-year-old Douglas High School student, accused of trying to run over a deputy investigating a juvenile party in the Pine Nuts, is being charged as an adult.
Jaden Rae Pool has been charged with two felonies and a gross misdemeanor in connection with the Sept. 10 event. The deputy was uninjured.
District Judge Michael Gibbons certified Pool as an adult on Monday.
Pool’s attorney, Thomas Armstrong of Carson City, said Wednesday his client spent 30 days in juvenile detention before he was released.
Gibbons set Pool’s bail at $7,500.
According to reports, the deputy said he arrived at the Pine Nuts shortly after 11 p.m. Sept. 10 but was unable to locate the party.
He said he saw multiple vehicles driving in the area, including two which were driving 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.
The deputy made a U-turn and noticed both vehicles beginning to speed up, cutting in front of each other in an attempt to elude the officer.
He initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicles failed to stop and continued to the intersection of both Pinenut roads.
Despite the lights and sirens, the suspect’s vehicle continued until a dead end or closed gate at the Douglas County transfer station.
The officer said the driver attempted to make a U-turn at the gate and positioned itself parallel to the patrol car.
The deputy turned a spotlight on the driver who raised both hands in the air.
The deputy said as he began to raise his handgun, the suspect looked at him and turned his vehicle toward him. As the deputy stood outside the door of his patrol car, the suspect’s vehicle continued toward him as he ran to get out of the way,
“The suspect vehicle continued to veer towards me as if he was attempting to crush me in between the two vehicles,” the officer said in his report. “As the vehicle passed, it was approximately 1 inch from my door as I quickly shut it with myself between the door and unit attempting again to reenter my unit to avoid being struck.”
The suspect drove off at a high rate of speed and deputies terminated the search after an hour.
The vehicle was traced to Pool. His mother brought him to the sheriff’s office on Sept. 11 and he was taken into custody.
He is charged with eluding a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon and willful injury to property for destruction of a fence .
Senior Justice Steven McMorris denied a request from prosecutor Laurie Trotter to raise Pool’s bail.
She made the request because of the nature of the charges and “the extent of his (juvenile) criminal history.”
“He has been bailed out and I am concerned about the threat to the community,” she said.
Armstrong argued that Gibbons set the bail and release conditions “and nobody knows Mr. Pool better than Judge Gibbons.”
He is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and is on house arrest with an ankle monitor.
Pool is forbidden to have alcohol or controlled substances and is subject to random search and seizure. He may not drive or have firearms or dangerous weapons.
“That includes a pocket knife,” McMorris said.
Pool may not have contact with several juveniles taken into custody with him unless in the classroom.
Armstrong said his client hoped to return school.
Pool’s next court appearance is set for Nov. 3.