Susanville Pursuit Ends with Suspect in Custody In Reno
UPDATE: The Washoe County Sheriff's Office said the driver is a suspect of a bank robbery in Susanville.
The Reno Police Department (RPD) reports that I-580 southbound was closed for several hours just south of the Mt. Rose on ramp due to heavy police activity on Friday evening.
The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) says it's related to a pursuit that started in California.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) said the driver is a suspect of a bank robbery in Susanville. They said California Highway Patrol called WCSO for help.
The Susanville Police Department said that around 5:55 p.m. on Friday, they responded to a US Bank on the 900 block of Main Street in Susanville to reports of a robbery.
The teller complied with the suspect's demands and handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled the scene before police arrived.
Lassen County Dispatch said the suspect fled in a white Ford truck described as a utility vehicle. The suspect was described as a white male, wearing a green shirt and had a beard or facial hair.
A Susanville Police officer identified the vehicle in a Walmart parking lot and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect fled down Highway 36 toward Highway 395.
CHP and the Lassen County Sheriff's Department joined the pursuit. CHP took charge as it left Susanville city limits, where NHP and WCSO was notified as they headed toward Reno.
WCSO said the suspect was traveling south on US 395 and they threw spike strips while he was in California that caused the driver's tires to go flat. The suspect continued to drive at 60 mph on the flats.
RPD and NHP blocked off ramps to keep the driver on the highway and away from pedestrian areas. Hot August Nights areas were also a concern.
They said the suspect started slowing down south of the Mt. Rose Junction and WCSO used their vehicles to stop the driver. They spun the suspect's car out using a legal intervention maneuver. The driver tried to run on foot but was taken into custody shortly afterward.
The Reno Fire Department says a brush fire that happened near Market Street was a result of the pursuit. It was quickly knocked down and contained to half an acre.
They said the car was sending out sparks, but it's unknown exactly what caused the fire.
The highway reopened around 9:30 or 10 p.m. Friday night.
The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Noah Bodwell of Sacramento, California. He faces initial charges of robbery and evading a police officer from the Susanville Police.
The case is pending investigation.