Below is a sequence of events when law enforcement spots a man driving a red pickup while he held a pistol to his head.
4pm A deranged driver with a gun to his head is in on 395, in Washoe Valley, just south of Bellvue. May be stopped near Bellvue. Northbound traffic is TOTALLY stopped through the valley.
4:03pm Vehicle is stopped near the Chocolate Factory. Red Dodge Pickup.
4:19pm Law Enforcement nearby. Law Enforcement typically can pull-back and let the suspect calm down. Then Law Enforcement might be able to communicate with the suspect and de-escalate the situation.
4:26pm Suspect driving southbound on Franktown Road. High rate of speed.
4:30pm Continuing southbound.
4:29pm Tire started smoking. Vehicle stop.
4:30pm Driver’s hands are out the window. No weapon seen. Approaching East Lake.
4:31pm Now southbound on old 395 at East Lake.
4:32pm Continuing southbound.
4:33pm Approaching the first Carson City exit. He takes the exit. He’s going to be on city streets.
4:34pm Both front tires are flat – possible bullets from law enforcement. North Carson at Medical Parkway.
4:34pm Law enforcement forces fugitive off the road. Pickup in to a power pole.
6:45pm Law Enforcement talked the man out of his pickup. He was taken into custody.
The driver was identified as Eugene Griffin who was immediately charged with Speeding, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Reckless Driving, Brandishing a Firearm, Obstructing Law Enforement and Eluding while endangering the public.