Man who ran from officers twice due in court today |

Man who ran from officers twice due in court today

by F.T. Norton

A 21-year-old Sparks man, who is scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court this afternoon in connection with a July 11 accident, was arrested Monday after he tried to escape officers on foot.

Arthur R. Porter, 21, was booked into the Carson City Jail on suspicion of felony drunken driving, misdemeanor reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, breach of peace and two counts of obstructing with violence.

According to the arrest report, Nevada Department of Wildlife Game Warden Ron Breaux was southbound through Washoe Valley when he observed a Yukon, driven by Porter, failing to maintain a single lane, nearly striking another vehicle and driving in excess of 90 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Once in Carson City near Nye Lane, Breaux activated the overhead lights on his state vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. According to Nevada law, Nevada game wardens are commissioned peace officers with the power to enforce all laws of the state. Breaux formerly worked for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Porter allegedly got out of the vehicle and refused to hand over his license and registration. According to the report, he then took off running, with Breaux in pursuit. During the chase, the warden sprayed Porter with pepper spray, but after a short struggle Porter was able to climb a fence and disappear into a lumber yard.

When deputies arrived on scene, they joined in the foot pursuit, tasering Porter who was allegedly fighting with them.

Porter was arrested in Douglas County after an accident at Highway 395 just south of Airport Road in Minden on July 11. According to the sheriff’s office, when the first deputy arrived a the scene of the accident witnesses pointed out a man running from the scene into the field east of the highway.

The deputy chased the suspect later identified as Porter for 15 minutes through alfalfa, over an irrigation ditch, dodging cows, rocks and manure piles while relaying the man’s location to deputies who caught him on Heybourne Road.

According to preliminary reports, Porter driving an Escalade, was following a driver in a Mercedes sports utility vehicle. The Escalade reportedly ran into the Mercedes and the two vehicles flipped over.

Both drivers were taken for treatment.

Porter was scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court today.