WINNEMUCCA — Here’s the thing about police roadblocks: They’re not suggestions. You really have to stop there.
That’s a lesson learned for a local man who apparently thought a Winnemucca Police Department roadblock was meant for all those other drivers.
WPD Officer Chad Farstveet was manning the roadblock at the entrance of the Sage Hills subdivision during a large brush fire on Sunday (Oct. 2). The officer was assisting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in stopping traffic for all but emergency vehicles.
Farstveet stopped a pickup truck being driven by Duane Gray then walked around the vehicle to talk with him.
As Farstveet put his arm on the window of the pickup truck, Gray allegedly drove off dragging the officer with him.
Farstveet had scrapes and bruises as a result of being dragged by the pickup, but he remains on full duty.
Meanwhile, an ATL (attempt to locate) was issued for the driver, who was apprehended at the next roadblock.
EMS Director Pat Songer was manning that roadblock. Songer recognized the vehicle as the one law enforcement was looking for, so he asked Gray to wait for the arrival of HCSO deputies.
As the incident was officer-involved, the investigation was turned over to Nevada Highway Patrol. Trooper Tim Pinkston ultimately arrested the subject.
Gray was charged with assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and hit & run.
He’s being held at the Humboldt County Detention Center on $150,627 bail.