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Police ID 2 arrested in chase that ended at Suncoast Casino

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 | 4:43 p.m.

Arrests in high-speed chase

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UPDATED STORY: Police: 2 arrested after chase had stolen car, officer’s gun

Metro Police identified two people Tuesday afternoon who were arrested earlier in the morning after a high-speed chase that ended at the Suncoast Casino.

Jason James Dillinger, 32, the driver of the vehicle, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, evading a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and five counts of possession of stolen property. Ashley Ann Shaheen, 27, the passenger, faces two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and one count of conspiracy to commit carrying a concealed weapon.

Television news helicopters followed the pursuit, which began at about 6 a.m., as the driver led Metro Police through Las Vegas Valley highways and residential streets. The chase lasted nearly an hour.

Metro Police Lt. Chris Tomaino said the incident started as an auto burglary investigation in the 4200 block of South Grand Canyon Drive. Authorities tried to pull over the white Scion, but Dillinger wouldn't stop the vehicle, police said.

Officers in police cruisers eventually pulled back from the pursuit -- following the vehicle at a greater distance -- and used a helicopter to track the vehicle, Tomaino said. The vehicle led police through North Las Vegas and along parts of U.S. 95 and Interstate 15.

The pursuit ended after about an hour when the driver entered the parking garage at Suncoast Casino, 9090 Alta Drive. Tomaino said Dillinger got out of the car, ran into the casino and was stopped by a security guard.

He then pointed a gun at the security guard before his arrest, police said. No injuries were reported during the pursuit or at the casino.

Shaheen also was taken into custody at the time.

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