Traffic stop leads to high speed pursuit

Zachary Carr of Idaho

Zachary Carr of Idaho

(press release)

Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a routine traffic stop on northbound Hwy 395 in the community of Coleville for a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. When deputies approached the vehicle, both driver and passenger acted suspiciously when asked by deputies for their identification, registration and proof of insurance. Both the driver, Zachary Carr, age 32, of Pocotello, ID, and passenger, Geoffrey Guess, age 26, told deputies they didn’t have their identification with them and “must have left it at home.”

Mr. Carr was asked to turn off the engine and to step out of the vehicle. Mr. Carr complied with the deputies’ request and exited the vehicle. As deputies were questioning Mr. Carr, the passenger, Geoffrey Guess, climbed into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and sped away. As deputies were trying to safely secure Mr. Carr in the back of the patrol unit, Mr. Carr became uncooperative. Deputies were finally able to detain Mr. Carr in the back of the patrol unit. Due to Mr. Carr being detained, and the high rate of speed at which the fleeing vehicle was traveling, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch put out an alert to Nevada law enforcement and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies initiated the pursuit.

Upon further questioning, Mr. Carr stated that he was helping Mr. Guess flee law enforcement out of Utah. Mr. Carr knew Mr. Guess was a fugitive and was aiding in taking him to Southern California to prevent him from being arrested. Mr. Carr also stated that he had recently consumed methamphetamine.

Zachary Carr, age 32, of Pocotello, ID, was arrested for aiding a fugitive; evading a peace officer; and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Mr. Carr is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail with all charges pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

Geoffrey Guess, age 26, led Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies and Nevada Highway Patrol on a high speed pursuit (with speeds over 100 mph) through Carson City, NV, and Reno, NV. Mr. Guess was able to escape the Nevada Highway Patrol in Reno and is currently still at large. Mr. Guess has a Class III felony warrant out of Utah and a misdemeanor warrant out of Kings County and is suspected to be dangerous. Mr. Guess was driving a 2013 Silver Hyundai sedan with California license plate 6VRP791. The vehicle has been recovered but law enforcement is still searching for Mr. Guess. If anyone has any information on the location of Mr. Guess, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.

 

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Seriously?
Seriously?
8 years ago

FYI…the above “Seriously?” took my screen name….that was not my posting. Make up your own screen name!

Sorry
Sorry
8 years ago
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I apologize. I did not realize that anyone was using it. I won’t use it again.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
8 years ago

Roy, many ,many years ago, you very,very, rarely ever heard of an officer shooting an un-armed man, or woman or DOG, and if it did happen ,usually that officer was looking for a new job afterwords. Nowadays, all the officer has to do is say the catch-all phrase “I was… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Rick….Nowdays,especially in Florida,all ANYONE has to say is “they were in fear for his life” before pulling out the pistol and open firing….even on unarmed teen-agers….worked out well for George Zimmerman….opened up a web-site asking for money from people to pay his rent and bills…..and getting it….selling phoney paintings on… Read more »

Roy
Roy
8 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Rick,,, I must agree there have been many bad unjustified shooting in recent years across the country and in many of those cases the officers have been tried and in some cases convicted of murder…I think one of the major problems is that the hiring standards have gone down the… Read more »

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

As someone who spent 30 years as a cop, half on the streets of Southern Calif, I can’t help[ but feel there were serious tactical errors in this traffic stop….

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Roy, is it true they used to be allowed to shot fleeing felons?

Roy
Roy
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Many many years ago it was legal to shoot a fleeing felon, but you darn well better be able to justify that the felon was a immediate danger to the public.

Crashed
Crashed
8 years ago

Thanks for your response Seriously? It Has nothing to do with taking it personal. That’s another assumption of yours with no supporting facts. If you must know I am in the fishing and tourism industry and have a minimal knowledge of “contact and cover” as you say. But with some… Read more »

able body
able body
8 years ago

Great police work guys and gals. I am happy to see you all stopping cars because eventually, maybe the bad guys will avoid Mono County when the word gets out that Sheriff Scholl’s style of “do nothing” is over. When I see cops working, I know I am getting what… Read more »

Seriously?
Seriously?
8 years ago

No kidding every stop can turn deadly….. that was my point thanks for making it again! That is why officer safety rules are in place and from the press release from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, it does not sound like they were followed. If you can read, I asked… Read more »

Troubleu
Troubleu
8 years ago

I heard they put out spike strips after the car already went bye. Next to the Mayberry sign.

DESCO
DESCO
8 years ago

Job description for a LEO, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Kj
Kj
8 years ago
Reply to  DESCO

Agreed!

Seriously?
Seriously?
8 years ago

Since this story says “deputies”multiple times, I think it is safe to assume one of them must not have been doing his job of covering the passenger. This could have turned deadly in a heartbeat! Benett could you please get some clarification of the whole situation? I would like to… Read more »

Crashed
Crashed
8 years ago
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Seriously?, Every traffic stop or call for service a Deputy or Officer does could turn deadly in a heartbeat. And unless you’ve been in their shoes, in the exact same situation, its NOT safe to assume anything. Your hasty uninformed judgment is solely based on the plural form of the… Read more »

Charles James
Charles James
8 years ago

Just to get this straight: A Carr was speeding in a car and was pulled over. Then another guy by the name of Guess claimed, who claimed that he had no proof of identification sped off. “Guess” we will have to wait for the final results of this speeding “Carr”… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

Ditched the highway patrol in Reno. Drove right through Carson and Reno and lost them. Holy cow! That is a sad commentary on the Nevada Highway Patrol.

it happens
it happens
8 years ago

MR.TORTOISE_it happens more than you think.I remember hearing of a story right here in your own backyard a couple years ago,near the reststop,I think it’s called cerro coso,where a big duelly truck was being chased with two occupants and a dog at night.the truck hit the dirt roads,crashed and over-turned.and… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  it happens

This is completely different. This guy drove right through two major cities, presumably on freeways with NHP in pursuit and lost them. Having seen my share of chases south of the San Gabriels, losing a suspect in a chase of that length does not even seem possible. I could see… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Desert Tortoise…..maybe they called the chase off if he were going 100+ MPH through city streets,and not taken the chance of innocent drivers getting involved in a crash….seems Law Enforcement does that at times if it gets too dangerous,especially if they know who he is,and just a matter of time… Read more »