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Traffic stop leads to chase, drug arrest
May 27, 2011 | 822 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lisa Sands
Lisa Sands
RENO — Wednesday at 9:53 p.m., a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a white 1989 Mercedes sedan on northbound U.S. 395 near the Glendale Avenue interchange for expired license plates. The vehicle continued traveling north, making several abrupt lane changes. The trooper saw the lone female driver throwing small items out of the window.

A second trooper, who was positioned on U.S. 395 near the N. McCarran Boulevard off-ramp ahead of the errant driver, deployed a set of road spikes that deflated both tires on the right side of the Mercedes. The vehicle finally yielded a short distance later near the Clearacre Lane on-ramp.

The driver, later identified as 38-year-old Lisa M. Sands with no address reported, exited her vehicle and failed to follow the trooper’s commands. She reached back into her vehicle and discarded another item. After refusing further verbal commands, she was taken into custody and arrested. Sands showed signs of being under the influence of drugs and 13.8 grams of methamphetamine were located on the front seat of her vehicle. She had no valid driver’s license and several active warrants. Troopers also learned that Sands was a fugitive from the Washington State Department of Corrections for a felony drug charge and there was an extraditable, no-bail warrant for her arrest. She also had two active misdemeanors warrants from the Reno Municipal Court for traffic-related offenses and contempt of court charges.

She was taken to the Washoe County Detention Facility where she was booked on 15 charges.

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