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Disaster narrowly avoided in high-speed chase on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The high-speed chase one man recorded whereas dashing down the Las Vegas strip might appear to be one thing out of a Fast and Furious film, however what occurred Sunday night time was very actual.

Taking the legislation into his personal palms is one thing Thomas Jackson stated he does professionally, however on Sunday night time TK, as his mates name him, chased a driver he stated rear-ended him and took off. That led to a brief chase that topped out at 100 mph on Tropicana close to the Strip. TK recorded the chase together with his cellphone and claimed to have handed over the dash-camera video to police.

TK says he’s a U.S. Navy Veteran and now works with Nellis Air Force Base as a protection contractor in safety. Outside of labor, TK says he runs a YouTube channel known as TK’s Garage the place he builds vehicles, together with the 720 horsepower modified BMW he was driving Sunday night time.

“I was getting off of I-15 northbound at Tropicana at about five o’clock,” TK advised 8 News Now. “I heard the screeching. I heard the tires locking up. I looked in my rearview and I saw the car coming. I knew he wasn’t going to stop.”

Thomas Jackson chased a person at 100 mph he stated hit his automobile and drove off Sunday night time close to the Strip. (Image: TK’s Garage)

The different driver hit TK’s automobile inflicting some cracking on his plastic bumper and sensors together with some structural harm, in line with TK.

In the video TK recorded, the different driver audibly affords TK $30 for the harm. TK laughs at the provide. TK stated the man claimed to be a Door Dash driver and didn’t have insurance coverage. 8 News Now contacted Door Dash and the company couldn’t affirm whether or not or not the given Illinois plate was in their system.

The different driver additionally “had a weapon sticking out of his jeans” in line with TK.

Thomas Jackson chased a person at 100 mph he stated hit his automobile and drove off Sunday night time close to the Strip. (Image: TK’s Garage)

TK will be seen returning to his automobile earlier than the different driver hops again into his automobile and speeds off.  “I hear him spooling up his engine, and I was like ‘negative, that’s not happening, not today.’” TK stated. “And I jumped into my car and as you can see in the video, rapidly closed that distance.”

TK, whereas recording and driving at speeds reaching 100 mph, chased the different driver for a number of minutes first on the Tropicana on-ramp, then Tropicana, and south on the Strip. Both drivers have been weaving in and out of visitors and TK stated the different driver hit at the very least three autos.

At one level, whereas on the Strip, TK stated the man pointed a gun at him. TK stated he did get that on video however solely shared that with the police. “He pointed a Glock out his window directly at my car and was like, ‘back up, get away from me.’ That’s when I contacted 911 dispatch.” TK stated.

In the video and through an interview with 8 News Now, TK admitted it was silly of him to chase the man, however stated he knew what he was doing as a result of a automobile racing background and navy contract work. TK stated he known as 911 throughout the chase and stated the operator requested him to cease chasing the man, however he continued, ultimately stopping close to Las Vegas Boulevard and Sunset when the different man sped into a mud lot to chop the nook.

“Right before you get to that road at Town Square at Sunset there’s a dirt lot,” TK stated. “So traffic is at a full stop, so I’m thinking, ‘OK, I got you now ’cause now I’m going to get out of the car and I’m gonna run up and rip your a** out of the car.”

“Dispatch was yelling at me in my phone to not get out of the car,” TK provides. “He sees he’s got nowhere to go. He takes a hard right, goes over the curb at like 35 and like legit Dukes of Hazards this Volvo into the darkness.”

Eventually, Las Vegas Metro Police caught up with TK to take a report. TK stated the officers advised him it was a silly resolution to chase the different driver. TK advised 8 News Now he was solely pondering of stopping the man from presumably hurting another person due to his driving or gun. 

Police didn’t subject TK any citations for dashing, operating pink lights, or some other actions seen in the YouTube video.

Incident studies have been filed with each Metro police and the Nevada State Police. Metro declined to remark as a result of the incident being a part of an ongoing investigation.

TK is hoping the police will catch as much as the different driver. He supplied them together with his sprint digital camera video and the license plate quantity. 

“I just hope that, if anything, if somebody sees this video and they get anything from it, as far as if you’re driving without insurance or you do something and you hit somebody’s car, it’s not worth putting everybody else’s life at risk if you decide you want to run,” TK stated. “Because that misdemeanor case or civil case, whatever it is that you get for an accident could turn into you killing somebody and you’re going to prison for the rest of your life.”

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