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Taylorsville Man Carjacks Tow Truck, Leads Police on 250-mile Chase

Taylorsville Man Carjacks Tow Truck, Leads Police on 250-mile Chase


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ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- A man accused of carjacking a tow truck near Wells and leading officers on a 250-mile chase on Interstate 80 across northern Nevada has been identified.

Brad Hayes, 27, of Taylorsville, Utah, was booked Friday into the Elko County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and robbery.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said Hayes was arrested without incident after the tow truck finally stopped in the I-80 median near Lovelock, about 80 miles east of Reno.

The ordeal began just after 9 a.m. Friday when the driver of a tow truck arrived to help a stranded motorist in Wells near the Utah line.

The motorist headed west in his rig and led officers on a chase that reached speeds of up to 75-80 mph, Allen said.

Even though tire spikes flattened both front tires of the tow truck, the suspect managed to keep driving at speeds of more than 70 mph.

The tires, as well as the front suspension and axle parts of the tow truck, gradually disintegrated, Allen said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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