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Police Chase Ends on Las Vegas Strip
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LAS VEGAS -- A portion of the Las Vegas Strip was closed for eight hours after a suspected drunk driver led police on a chase and ended up crashing into a light pole in front of the Wynn Resort & Casino.

Las Vegas Blvd. re-opened just before 11 a.m.

Henderson police say they received a call early Tuesday morning from 20-year old Charles Pilette who said he needed a ride because he was drunk. When police arrived at Pilette's location near Boulder Hwy. and Gibson Rd., he refused to go with them and told them he wanted the police to shoot him.

Police say Pilette took off in his SUV. Metro police joined the chase and deployed stop sticks in an attempt to flatten the man's tires.

Pilette ended up crashing into a light pole near the Wynn Casino & Resort. Northbound traffic on the Strip was closed for several hours between Spring Mountain Road and Convention Center Drive as police investigated the crash.

Police used low lethal force to remove Pilette from his SUV. He was arrested for evading officers and DUI causing an accident.

The driver suffered minor injuries but it's not clear if those injuries are related to the crash. The officer who was involved was not injured.

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