Man charged in chase

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Las Vegas Optic


A man led state police officers on a long chase on Halloween, going around several spike strips laid in his path.


Damian Coriz, 23, of Santo Domingo Pueblo, was charged with reckless driving, aggravated fleeing from officers, DWI, and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. 


Around 3 p.m. Oct. 31, a state police officer tried to stop Coriz, who wasn’t staying in his lane of traffic while heading north, according to a police report.


The pursuit started about 10 miles south of Las Vegas, and Coriz veered around spike strips, the report states. Reaching speeds of 120 mph, the officers chased Coriz past Las Vegas and went several miles north of town, police said. 


At one point in the chase, Coriz came to a stop, and officers approached his car, but he reversed and got around them, the report says. 


The driver turned around and headed south toward Las Vegas. More attempts to stop him failed. He passed town and drove on for 20 miles to the south. He finally had to go over a spike strip, which caused him to drive on his rims, with sparks flying, according to the report.


Coriz then went on the Old Las Vegas Highway and traveled for a mile on his rims. He then stopped. 


Officers took him out of his car, and he smelled of alcohol, the police report says. 


Another man was a passenger but was not charged. 


The police found marijuana in Coriz’s car, and Coriz admitted to having three shots of tequila and three beers earlier that day, according to the report. 


 The police took him to jail. Magistrate Judge Philip Romero set the suspect’s bond at $10,000.