Witnesses describe high speed chase through Las Vegas
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- People in a Las Vegas neighborhood are shaken up after a bizarre high speed chase.
Police said the driver had a rifle in his hand when he drove across several lawns trying to elude arrest. He led police down I-15, forcing them to shut down the southbound lanes on Sunday night.
Traffic was backed up for hours.
"He was just out of control in the truck and when he got out, he pulls out that gun," explained Chelsea Goldman, who lives off Marigold and Mesquite with her two kids.
She said officers tried barricading the driver into a cul-de-sac, prompting him to point a rifle at them and then swerve onto her property to get away.
"I look out and the truck is coming up on my front lawn and I'm like, whoa, and my kids started screaming," said Goldman.
Police had been after the man, after he threatened people near KFC off Lake Mead and Jones. A manager said the man parked in the parking lot and got out of his vehicle with a rifle. That's when he pointed it at people walking along the side of the street.
The manager told Action News she raced to the front doors and locked them, scared for the safety of those inside.
After that, she saw him get back into his truck, slam into the corner of the restaurant and then speed off.
Police took off on a high speed chase for the driver, who was heading down the freeway. He eventually crashed into the median at I-15 and Sahara, forcing a shutdown of southbound traffic.
The driver exited his vehicle with his hands up and surrendered to authorities.