LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- The driver of a reported stolen vehicle was critically injured Friday night when he attempted to elude Metro patrol officers.
Metro reports that a patrol officer discovered a 1999 Honda Civic that was reported stolen about 10:20 p.m. in the area of Jones Boulevard and West Lake Mead Boulevard.
The patrol unit followed the stolen vehicle south on Jones and then east on Vegas Drive. The stolen Honda pulled into a gas station at Decatur and Vegas Drive followed by the patrol unit.
The Honda then initiated evasive measures by accelerating out of the parking lot onto southbound Decatur at a high rate of speed. Patrol units followed the Honda and decided not to pursue the vehicle for safety reasons.
Officers lost sight of the Honda when it ran a red light, without incident, on southbound Decatur while crossing Washington Avenue.
The Honda continued southbound on Decatur at a high rate of speed while approaching Kansas Avenue. A 2005 Nissan Sentra was turning left onto Kansas Avenue from the left turn lane of northbound Decatur. The Nissan turned in front of the path of the Honda which resulted in collision. Both vehicles rotated and ran off the right side of the roadway into the landscaped area on the east side of 275 N. Decatur.
The Honda struck two mature trees before coming to rest in the landscaped area. The operator of the Honda was unrestrained and transported to UMC Trauma by ambulance for critical injuries.
The operator of the Nissan was transported for minor injuries.
Neither driver has been identified by Metro.
Metro is still investigating the accident.