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An Utah fugitive who led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase through two states is still at large and possibly dangerous, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
Geoffrey Guess, 26, was a passenger in a car driven by an Idaho man when the vehicle was stopped for speeding near Coleville on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, according to the sheriff's department.
Guess jumped into the driver's seat while the driver , Zachary Carr, 32, from Pocatello Idaho, was being interrogated by the sheriff's department for "suspicious behavior." Guess then escaped, driving the 2013 silver Hyundai sedan (California license plate e 6VRP791) north on U.S. 395 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, before finally ditching the car somewhere near Reno and escaping on foot. He is still at large. The vehicle has been recovered and Carr is in custody.
In more detail, here is how the incident progressed, according to a new release from the sheriff's department:
"When deputies approached the vehicle, both driver and passenger acted suspiciously when asked by deputies for their identification, registration and proof of insurance. Both the driver, Zachary Carr, age 32, of Pocotello, ID, and passenger, Geoffrey Guess, age 26, told deputies they didnâ€™t have their identification with them and â€śmust have left it at home.â€ť Mr. Carr was asked to turn off the engine and to step out of the vehicle. Mr. Carr complied with the deputiesâ€™ request and exited the vehicle.
"As deputies were questioning Mr. Carr, the passenger, Geoffrey Guess, climbed into the driverâ€™s seat of the vehicle and sped away. As deputies were trying to safely secure Mr. Carr in the back of the patrol unit, Mr. Carr became uncooperative. Deputies were finally able to detained Mr. Carr in the back of the patrol unit. Due to Mr. Carr being detained, and the high rate of speed at which the fleeing vehicle was traveling, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch put out an alert to Nevada law enforcement and Douglas County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies initiated the pursuit.
"Upon further questioning, Mr. Carr stated that he was helping Mr. Guess flee law enforcement out of Utah. Mr. Carr knew Mr. Guess was a fugitive and was aiding in taking him to Southern California to prevent him from being arrested. Mr. Carr also stated that he had recently consumed methamphetamine.
"Zachary Carr, age 32, of Pocotello, ID, was arrested for aiding a fugitive; evading a peace officer; and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
"Mr. Carr is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail with all charges pending with the Mono County District Attorneyâ€™s Office.
"Geoffrey Guess, 26, led Douglas County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies and Nevada Highway Patrol on a high speed pursuit (with speeds over 100 mph) through Carson City, NV, and Reno, NV.
"Mr. Guess was able to escape the Nevada Highway Patrol in Reno and is currently still at large.
"Mr. Guess has a Class III felony warrant out of Utah and a misdemeanor warrant out of Kings County and is suspected to be dangerous.
"Mr. Guess was driving a 2013 Silver Hyundai sedan with California license plate 6VRP791. The vehicle has been recovered but law enforcement is still searching for Mr. Guess.
"If anyone has any information on the location of Mr. Guess, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately."