A high speed chase of 18-year old Tyler Sherwood, from California, reached speeds of 106 mph through Lincoln County Jan. 29.
Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) units, the Lincoln County Sheriff Office (LCSO) and White Pine sheriff’s deputies were all involved in the pursuits.
Official reports from the LCSO said, about 7:30 a.m., the NHP came in contact with a speeding 2008 Dodge 1500 pickup driven by Sherwood as the lone occupant headed north on U.S. Highway 93 near Western Elite. The NHP pursued with flashing lights and sirens, and speeds reached 105 MPH before the NHP turned over their pursuit as the vehicles were nearing the Maynard Lake area.
The pickup continued on toward Alamo, again at high speed, toward two sheriff’s deputies in a patrol car at the intersection of Broadway and 93. The pickup came into town about 20-25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit in a 50 mph zone. The sheriff’s car took off in pursuit. As the pickup continued to elude the patrol car at about 85 mph, it passed another northbound vehicle by riding the east shoulder of the highway.
As the pursuit continued north on 93, near the former Timbers Lodge, Sherwood came upon several slow-moving vehicles in the northbound lane with oncoming traffic in the southbound lane. Deputy Kenyon Walch said Sherwood again attempted to pass on the east shoulder of the highway but was hindered from doing so because of road signs in the way.
Walch said at that point, “I decided to end the pursuit in the interest of public safety and turn off our lights and siren and continue to follow Sherwood at a safe rate of speed and safe distance.”
After racing through the Ash Springs area, Sherwood continued to the Hiko-Tonopah turnoff, then turned onto State Route 318 toward Ely, still hitting speeds of up to 106 mph.
Walch said, “We did not try to pursue Sherwood at high speed through that area and lost sight of him for a time. However, we did catch sight of him again just north of the 45 mph zone.” They caught glimpses of the truck before it headed into the curves just past Cannon Ranch.
Walch said, “We then radioed ahead to the sheriff’s department in Ely and White Pine Highway Patrol to be on the lookout for the Dodge 1500 pickup. White Pine officials then posted some troopers around the Lund area.”
When Sherwood reached Lund, he was obeying the posted speed limit.
He then drove the rest of the way on State Route 318 and turned north on U.S. Highway 6. He stopped at Love’s Truck Stop at Ely, was arrested without incident there and transported back to the Lincoln County Detention Center in Pioche.
Because all of the charges occurred in Lincoln County, Sherwood appeared earlier this week before Judge Nola Holton in Pahranagat Valley Justice Court.
Charges for Sherwood involve four counts of basic speed, 31 mph over the posted speed limit, felony eluding police officers and reckless driving.
During the arraignment, Judge Nola Holton released Sherwood on his own recognizance and scheduled a preliminary hearing back in Justice Court in Alamo March 2.