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Officer nearly run over after large fight
by Tribune Staff
Nov 14, 2011 | 616 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — Police responded to a large fight at a party Sunday, during which an officer was nearly run down by a car fleeing the scene.

The party was being held in an empty suite at 89 Coney Island Drive in the area of Stanford Way and McCarran Boulevard. About 100 people were at a party there when a fight broke out involving several people with knives, pepper spray and guns, according to the person who called police. When officers arrived, they saw several vehicles speeding away from the warehouses. As one officer tried to stop a vehicle overloaded with passengers, the driver, later identified as Noel Rodriguez-Avalos of Reno, accelerated his vehicle and tried to hit the officer.

The officer was able to scramble out of the way and was uninjured.

Other Sparks officers tried to catch up to the speeding vehicle on McCarran and when Rodriguez-Avalos tried to turn left from Mill Street onto Edison he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.

The occupants of the vehicle, including four minors, fled on foot and were later apprehended. The Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted at the scene.

Several people were taken to Renown Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

It was later learned that Michael Weber, a Reno resident, was holding the party, which got out of hand and several subjects were forced to leave. A fight ensued and several individuals were pepper sprayed.

Five juveniles at 89 Coney Island were given juvenile referrals for minor in possession of alcohol and curfew violations. They were later released to their parents. Seven adults under the age of 21 were also cited and released for minor in possession. Weber was cited and released for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Rodriguez-Avalos was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, child endangerment, DUI, obstructing and contributing to the delinquency of minors, according to police Lt. Pete Krall.

The Sparks Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to call 353-2231.
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