Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 | 8:25 a.m.
Troopers wounded a man in an exchange of gunfire this morning after a high-speed chase that ended on U.S. 95 when police blew out the fleeing vehicle’s tires, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.
The incident started when a trooper tried to pull over the vehicle about 4 a.m. on a traffic violation at Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, Trooper Jeremie Elliot said.
The vehicle sped north on U.S. 95, and troopers placed a spike strip at U.S. 95 and Las Vegas Boulevard to stop it, Elliot said.
After running over the spikes, the vehicle’s tires were flattened and it caught fire before coming to a stop near the Jones Boulevard exit, Elliot said. The man got out of the vehicle and exchanged fire with troopers with a handgun, he said.
The man was shot and transported to University Medical Center in unknown condition, Elliot said.
No troopers were injured.
A woman in the car was taken into custody, authorities said.
The Jones Boulevard exit has been closed, and U.S. 95 traffic has been diverted northbound at Decatur Boulevard, Elliot said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.