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Man arrested after shooting from car in Nye Co.

Posted at 2:46 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 17:46:25-05

A man was arrested in Nye County for driving under the influence and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, among other charges, over the weekend.

Around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a white truck was observed driving recklessly in a ditch in the area of State Route 373 and Mile Marker 5.

A Nye County deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, when the driver, identified as Jose Ricardo Perez-Gomez, accelerated in an attempt to elude the deputy. After traveling approximately 100 yards, the driver brandished a semi-automatic handgun out the window firing a single round.

The driver continued north bound on Gillian at a high rate of speed. The deputy followed the vehicle which ended up parked at the Armagosa Dairy. When the driver saw the deputy still approaching he took off once again at a high rate of speed on G Ranch Road.

The vehicle then parked behind a residential address on G Ranch road. The driver exited the vehicle and then the driver began walking down G Ranch road.

Deputies made contact with the male who admitted that he was driving the white truck. The driver was identified as Perez-Gomez, an undocumented worker.

Deputies could smell a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Perez-Gomez.

Perez-Gomez was asked if he had any weapons and he stated that he has a lot of guns in his house and a shotgun inside of his truck.

During a consent search, deputies found several weapons and on the inside of the truck a loaded shotgun and a spent 9mm shell casing.

Perez-Gomez was taken into custody and transported to the Nye County Detention Center and booked on possession of firearm while under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, discharging a firearm on a public highway, DUI, felony eluding, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and 7 counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.