Reckless driving, crash lead to arrest

A Las Vegas man was arrested on charges of reckless driving and carrying a loaded concealed weapon following a Tuesday, Nov. 2 incident on Highway 395 near The Mark.

According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, about 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, an officer was patrolling north on Highway 395, approximately 1.5 miles north of The Mark when a southbound 2013 Nissan Sonata passed another southbound vehicle at the crest of a hill. The pass was over the double-double solid yellow lines (the equivalent of a divided highway). The officer encountered the Sonata in his lane traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour.

This forced the officer to take evasive actions, and he drove his patrol vehicle onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. The officer made a U-turn and attempted to overtake the Sonata. The driver of the Sonata saw the marked patrol vehicle and attempted to hide at The Mark, but due to his high rate of speed, he lost control of the Sonata and struck a rock wall. The officer ordered the driver, identified as Christopher Summers, 21, of Las Vegas, Nevada from the vehicle.

The officer conducted an investigation and learned that the driver had placed a loaded pistol in the glove box.

The officer placed the driver under arrest for reckless driving and for carrying a loaded concealed weapon.

A 24-year-old passenger, also from Las Vegas, was transported to Susanville.

A 17-year-old juvenile passenger was placed with a guardian though Lassen Child Protective Services.

A dog in the Sonata was transported to the Lassen County Animal Shelter for safekeeping.