One of the events that happened during the weekend was a crash involving two teenagers who were racing on U.S. 395. At 5:10 p.m. Sunday, NHP received several phone calls concerning two vehicles racing southbound and driving recklessly on U.S. 395 near the Golden Valley interchange. Soon after being alerted to the call, which described both the vehicles involved, troopers learned that one of the speeding cars had crashed into a section of guardrail bordering the southbound travel lanes near the Panther Valley interchange.
Adam J. Swank, an 18-year-old Reno resident, told troopers that the hood of his black Mitsubishi sedan became unlatched and flipped upward obscuring his view. He hit the brakes and crashed into a section of guardrail bordering the freeway. He was not injured.
Several witnesses to the crash who had stopped to render aid stated that Swank had tossed a beer bottle out of his car after crashing and a second unopened bottle of beer was found inside his vehicle. Swank also had not registered his car after acquiring it in December. He was placed under arrest for charges that include reckless driving.
The driver of the vehicle Swank was racing briefly stopped to check on him and then fled the crash scene as witnesses were continuing to provide location updates. An officer from the Reno Police Department spotted the vehicle on Oddie Boulevard near Sutro Street and detained the driver identified as 18-year-old Reno resident Brian C. Sewell, who was arrested and charged with reckless driving and also taken to jail.
In a separate event at 5:37 a.m. Monday, troopers were dispatched to a call involving a wrong-way vehicle on Interstate 80 near the East McCarran Boulevard interchange. It all started when 21-year-old Christa L. Casci of Carson City attempted to enter Interstate 80 by using the westbound off-ramp that connects the freeway to East McCarran.
Casci had driven up the off-ramp the wrong way and stopped her BMW coupe near the westbound travel lanes of the interstate. An officer from the Sparks Police Department who was traveling westbound near the interchange stopped his patrol vehicle and made contact with the driver. Casci was found sleeping behind the steering wheel with the vehicle running, and in gear, with her foot on the brake pedal.
Casci displayed signs of drug use and she subsequently failed all field sobriety tests. Several hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia, including a small balloon filled with a brown liquid substance consistent with heroine use, were located in her purse. She was transported to the Washoe County jail and booked on the following charges:
• DUI drugs
• Disobey highway signs, driving wrong way on freeway
• Possession of controlled substance — heroine — for personal use
• Being under the influence of a controlled substance
• Possession of drug paraphernalia