LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – On the evening of April 30 around 10 p.m., police were watching a large group of drivers gather at Love’s Truck Stop on US 93 near I-15. A large truck struck one of the vehicles traveling through the area that was associated with the group, causing the rest of the drivers to leave the area.
Police said they knew the Tropical and Mount Hood area was a popular place for gathering groups with cars, often blocking travel routes for tractor-trailer drivers trying to make deliveries and pickups. Just before 11:00 p.m., an officer noticed several of the same vehicles arriving in this area, parked on roadsides and in parking lots. Police saw several cars doing donuts at the intersection, including the driver of a silver Chrysler.
Police noted that this car had someone hanging out of the window as the car turned into the intersection with others standing around it taking pictures and video. The police were able to obtain the license plate number of this car.
After a week, the same officers continued their investigation and went to the home where the plate was registered. Police said the same car was parked out front, so they waited for a man of the same description they had seen the previous week to get in and drive away.
Police stopped the car and questioned the driver, Tyrone Johnson, 20, about the night they said he was seen driving recklessly. Johnson admitted to being that driver.
Police arrested Johnson on charges of endangering life and property, two charges of crafty driving and one charge of being a spectator and unlawful speed contest.
Johnson was then incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center.