At 9:42 p.m., Sparks police officers responded to the Interstate 80 Lockwood off-ramp to help a Storey County sheriff’s deputy locate the driver who had failed to yield on a traffic stop and fled on foot from the scene of accident. A Sparks K-9 officer was first on the scene and located footprints belonging to the suspect heading west along the north bank of the Truckee River. The K-9 officer used his dog to track the suspect to a heavily wooded area along the river.
While tracking the suspect, identified as Christopher Gedrose, it was found that he also had a felony warrant for burglary. Once located, Gedrose refused to obey officer’s commands and fled by jumping into the river. He was carried east by the water until officers lost sight of him. They continued to search for Gedrose for 30 minutes when he was seen climbing out of the river. He was taken into custody without further incident and taken to Renown Regional Medical Center to be treated for possible hypothermia. Once released, he will be booked at the Washoe County jail for the burglary warrant and obstructing. Storey County will also be filing separate charges.