Police ID suspect in deadly crash involving stolen truck

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police have identified the suspect in a deadly crash involving a stolen truck Wednesday.

Police say 26-year-old Oriana Leausa was behind the wheel of the truck when she hit a patrol car and two other cars on S. Fort Apache Road near W. Charleston Boulevard.

According to court records, Leausa is facing a fatal DUI charge.

"The truck was just sideways," said Destiny Hanna, a witness. "It slid, you know, and just came to a stop and that's when an officer came out and had the gun pointed at the truck."  

Fort Apache Road was closed in both directions between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard for several hours Wednesday.

According to Metro Police, Leausa was driving a silver truck, which was stolen and being tracked by Metro's Air Unit, when she allegedly started a series of crashes hitting other cars including a Metro Police cruiser. 

Metro said officers pursued the woman and her boyfriend because she stole the vehicle earlier in the day, and when they were able to get on the couple's trail, it was after they had stole another vehicle.

However the owners of that vehicle weren't going to let their vehicle go without a fight.

"Our victims got into another vehicle and chased the suspects for a while calling 9-1-1 at which point our air unit and patrol vehicles were attempting to locate both the victim and suspect vehicles being chased,"  said Capt. Roxanne Burke, Metro Police.

 Witnesses said the driver of the silver truck was driving erratically.

After police tracked the female suspect when an air unit spotted her she slammed into a police vehicle as they tried to block her path, Metro Police said. That's when a second officer went after the male suspect, but less than a mile away, the female suspect efforts to get away caused her to slam into multiple cars.

The driver of a red vehicle, an innocent bystander, died at the scene. 

"Due to the S curb at Fort Apache and Sahara, and where we are now on Charleston our officer did not gain visual of the suspect when he initially activated his lights for that pursuit," Capt. Roxanne Burke said.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who got harmed or didn't make it home tonight," Hanna said.

The Metro officer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck is in the hospital in critical condition.

Her accomplice, who worked with her to try and steal the car, is still on the run. He got away in a 2004 grey four door BMW that didn't have any license plates.

 


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