Nevada Highway Patrol trooper on leave after violent arrest

Thu, Oct 15, 2020 (12:25 p.m.)

RENO — The Nevada Highway Patrol said a state trooper has been placed on administrative leave after he violently arrested a woman who attempted to flee in Sparks.

Patrol spokesperson Hannah DeGoey said that the arrest occurred Sept. 27 at a Sinclair gas station, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. An investigation is ongoing.

The Reno Gazette Journal obtained a copy of security footage from the gas station that shows the incident but does not have any audio.

The six-minute, 43-second video shows the trooper administering a sobriety test and talking with the woman before walking back to his car. After a few minutes, the trooper attempts to arrest the woman before she breaks free and runs away. The trooper then grabs the woman, pulls her to the ground and eventually punches her in the face.

The footage then shows a white truck pull into the gas station and park behind the trooper's car, and the driver runs over sitting on the other side of the woman, blocking the security camera's view of her.

The security video then skips two minutes ahead to show the trooper and two other men standing near the trooper's car before ending.

DeGoey declined to release further details.

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