This morning at approximately 4:37 a.m., the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a high-speed vehicle pursuit that was entering our county.
The pursuit originated in Mineral County when a Mineral County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a white Toyota pick-up truck after confirming that it was stolen out of California.
The Walker River Tribal Police reportedly deployed a tire deflation system, commonly referred to as a spike strip, prior to the pursuit entering Churchill County and were successful in deflating one tire, however the pursuit continued at a high rate of speed. The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and the Fallon Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle by deploying spike strips at two separate locations and were successful in deflating two of the other tires. While the suspect vehicle reduced speed, the driver continued to ignore all visual and audible indicators to stop.
The pursuit continued through the city and back into the county, until the driver crashed the truck into a cement barrier and was taken into custody. No injuries to the public or law enforcement were reported.
The suspect in this case is Jeffrey Bergquist, a 40-year-old male with a listed address out of Sacramento, California. He is being charged with possession of stolen property, terroristic threats (yelling he had a bomb), and failure to yield (a felony). He is being held in the Churchill County Jail.