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High-Speed Chase Arrest in Sparks

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Christopher Larson, 51 Courtesy: Washoe County Jail Christopher Larson, 51 Courtesy: Washoe County Jail

A man says he was having a bad day, which led to a gas-station outburst and a high speed chase with police.

51-year-old Christopher Larson of Sparks is charged with DUI, battery with a deadly weapon, eluding and obstructing an officer.

Police say it all started Tuesday night around 8 p.m. when a woman at an AM/PM gas station called them because Larson was yelling obscenities at her.

They say it escalated when Larsen got out of his vehicle and went over to the woman's vehicle, opened the door and continued to yell offensive remarks towards her.

She managed to close the door and call police, and Larson drove away.

Later, officers found his car near his home and tried to stop him, but he sped away. Police say they ended their pursuit because Larson was driving erratically and may have been armed.

Then, officers again spotted Larson near Victorian Avenue and Pyramid Way in Sparks. They say he ignored their directions  and once again, sped off.

Police say the chase resumed at I-80 at the Vista Boulevard exit. They say officers chased the vehicle to Vista and D'Andrea where Larsen made an abrupt turn, collided with a patrol vehicle, and went back towards I-80.

There, police say he hit a concrete wall and they blocked him in. Larsen then put the car in reverse running over an officer's foot before getting back onto I-80, headed east towards Fernley.  

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Raven Helicopter followed Larson to Fernley, where he turned around and came back towards Sparks.

That's when the Nevada Highway Patrol stepped in.

"NHP set out spike strips, took out the right front wheel, and as he came up onto the exit he veered off of the roadway, jumped from the vehicle and began running from officers and a short distance away they were able to take him into custody," explained Sgt. Greta Woyciehowsky with the Sparks Police Department.

Police say Larson ran into sagebrush off of the Vista Boulevard exit and tried to jump over a chain-link fence when police caught up to him. They say he resisted so they tazed him but he continued to kick at officers before they subdued him.

Larson was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment before being booked into the Washoe County Jail.

Police say Larson told them he had a bad day and was not tolerant of others, which led to his outburst at the gas station.

They say the officer whose foot was run over was treated at Northern Nevada Medical Center and returned to work. Two other officers received minor injuries taking Larson into custody.

The names of the officers will not be released at this time.

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