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July 1, 2015

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Police chase closes interstate near Las Vegas Strip

A police chase briefly closed part of Interstate 15 near the resort corridor this morning after motorists complained of a vehicle traveling exceptionally slow on the freeway north of Las Vegas.

The Nevada Highway Patrol began receiving complaints of a vehicle traveling 45 mph in the left lane of southbound I-15 near the exit for Valley of Fire State Park, where the speed limit is 75 mph, Trooper Loy Hixson said.

A trooper was able to catch up to the vehicle and tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the motorist did not stop, Hixson said.

The highway patrol followed the vehicle all the way into Las Vegas, a distance of about 35 miles, and troopers used spike strips twice to try to stop the vehicle.

The vehicle finally stopped and the motorist was taken into custody on I-15 near Spring Mountain Road at about 11 a.m.

Hixson said the motorist was a 67-year-old man with a Texas driver’s license. The man was being given a medical check.

The southbound lanes of the freeway and some ramps near Spring Mountain Road were briefly closed, Hixson said. The ramps and most freeway lanes have reopened, but at 11:20 a.m., traffic was still backed up past the Spaghetti Bowl.

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