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US 95 VEHICLE PURSUIT

On November 6, 2018 at approximately 7:45a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received multiple reports of a reckless driver on US 95 at approximately mile marker 15 in Humboldt County.  The reports being received by dispatch were that a dark color Chevrolet sedan was being driven in reverse in the north bound travel lane, turned around, and was traveling at a high rate of speed and forcing other vehicles off the roadway.  Deputies located the vehicle traveling north on US 95, and due to the inherent risk to other motorists on the roadway being caused by the driver independent of law enforcement presence, a pursuit was initiated with the vehicle.  During the pursuit, the Chevrolet sedan gained an excessive distance on deputies, and the deputies were advised to terminate pursuit.

After the pursuit was terminated, dispatch received reports the driver of the Chevy sedan drove off the roadway at approximately miler marker 56, and the driver, who was naked, was jumping up and down on the hood of the vehicle.

Deputies arrived and located the driver, identified as Shawn Austin Cox, who immediately barricaded himself inside of his vehicle.  Communications were established with Cox, and a crisis negotiator initiated negotiations with him while he was inside of the vehicle.  Ultimately the driver complied with Deputies and exited the vehicle, at which time he was taken into custody.  Due to successful negotiation tactics used by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, no use of force was necessary during the arrest of the driver.  Shawn Cox was booked in to the Humboldt County Detention Center on charges of NRS 484B.550 Elude Police Endangering Public and NRS 484B.653 Reckless Driving.

Courtesy: Lt. Sean Wilkins, Public Information Officer for Humboldt County Sheriffs Office