Woman accused of causing fatal crash faces DUI charge, 1 suspect still at large

LAS VEGAS - One of two suspects wanted in connection with a deadly crash that had parts of Fort Apache shut down for hours Wednesday is still on the run.

Metro Police said it's looking for a Hispanic man who's about 6-feet 1-inches tall to 6-feet 2-inches tall.  According to officers, the man has a heavy build and was last seen wearing a white tee-shirt and work boots.

The man escaped police in a gray BMW that didn't have any license plates.  But, his accomplice was nabbed by officers.

Police say 26-year-old Oriana Leausa is responsible for committing several crimes before deliberately ramming a stolen vehicle into a police cruiser, before causing the deadly collision up the street.

Leausa faces a felony DUI charge, but police say more charges are likely.
   
Before the crash, police had been searching for Leausa and her accomplice because they had allegedly stolen a silver pickup truck.

Darlene Dennis was working at a near-by business when the violent collision occurred.

"I heard boom boom boom and screeching of the brakes, so I said 'wow it's a bad accident,' so we came running out, and the neighbor next door, her and I were out there, and when we got there the police had the gun on the truck," Dennis said.

According to Metro Police, around 4:45 p.m. Leausa and a man... Met up with people selling a gray BMW at an unspecified parking lot.  However, the man got in the car, acted like he couldn't open the door and took-off, police said.
 
Officers said Leausa followed him in a pickup truck, but so did their victims.  Police said the victims chased Leausa and their accomplice while calling 9-1-1.

One of Metro's air units spotted the suspects in less than 15 minutes, and that's when officers had a dangerous encounter with Leausa at a shopping center on Fort Apache and Sahara.

"Well I was putting some bottles in one of my customers' cars, and I heard this loud bang, and I looked over, and there was a police car that was hit," witness Sam Metcalf said.
   
Metro says officers attempted to block her in, but Leausa hit the gas, slamming into a police cruiser, injuring the officer inside.

Police say Leausa drove north on Fort Apache and right before the Charleston intersection she crashed the pickup truck into two cars.
  
An innocent bystander, a woman driving a red sedan, died from the collision.  The Clark County Coroner's Office will release her identity at a later date.

A second woman who was driving a silver car was injured but is expected to recover.

"I said, 'Oh my God!'  Such a terrible tragedy with a car. You never know when it can happen," Dennis said.

Leausa has several traffic violations out of Arizona, but she was also hurt in yesterday's crash, so she's recovering in the hospital.
   
The injured officer had non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on this crash, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
   
 


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