Truckee officers arrest Nevada man after 120 mph pursuit on I-80

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. – California officers arrested a 21-year-old Nevada man late Tuesday evening after authorities said he led officers in a high-speed pursuit across both states at speeds faster than 100 mph.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Kody Nicholas Strong, 21, of Sparks, Nev., was driving at about 120 mph in a police pursuit westbound on Interstate 80 toward California from Reno in a stolen silver Toyota Corola at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Nevada Highway Patrol units pursued Strong, and the vehicle across the California state line, where Truckee CHP was standing by at the Farad Road on-ramp to westbound I-80.

The Toyota, driving at about 100 mph, hit a spike strip set up nearby, according to CHP, at which point a patrol unit began pursuit as the Toyota accelerated up Iceland grade at about 40 mph.

Just after 11 p.m., Strong yielded to the right shoulder just east of Hirschdale, as the vehicle’s tires were rapidly disintegrating, and Truckee CHP officers arrested him.

According to a CHP arrest report, officers recovered a “folding and locking knife” from Strong.

Strong was booked at the Nevada County Sheriff’s station in Nevada City early Wednesday morning without further incident.

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