Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 | 3:57 p.m.
A fender-bender Sunday escalated into a high-speed car chase that ended with a man stabbing the other driver.
Metro Police arrested Pat Arnold, 60, Las Vegas. They say he stabbed the driver of the car that hit his car and used his car to ram the other man’s vehicle during a chase. Arnold was booked into Clark County Detention Center on two counts of battery with a deadly weapon, one count of attempted murder with a weapon and one count of child endangerment.
A Metro Police arrest report relays the following:
The incident started Sunday morning when a car driven by Jorge Moncada carrying a child and adult passenger crashed into the rear of Arnold’s car on Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue. Moncada, who said he did not have a valid Nevada driver’s license and drank more than two 25-ounce Bud Lights earlier in the day, drove away out of fear.
Arnold chased Moncada’s car through residential streets, traveling a speeds upward of 80 mph, and ramming into Moncada’s car several times in an attempt to stop him using Metro’s “Pursuit Immobilization Technique,” which he had seen on television.
During the chase, the passenger inside Moncada’s car was able to get out of the vehicle, but he was unable to get his girlfriend’s son out. At that point, the passenger reported a kidnapping to Metro.
The chase ended in the cul-de-sac of Navajo Gorge Court near Charletson Boulevard. There, Arnold got out of his car and confronted Moncada, who was still in his car. A witness overheard Arnold cuss and shout: “I will cut you, (if) you try to leave again.”
The witness then saw Moncada’s car lurch forward and heard someone in the car shout: “Don’t hurt us.” Arnold then reached into the car with a folding pocketknife and stabbed Moncada five times.
The child in the vehicle ran. Moncada got out and tried to escape, holding the back of his neck as blood dripped from his hand. After police arrived, Moncado was taken to Sunrise Hospital for treatment on cuts to his neck, left arm and lower-left abdomen.
Arnold told Metro in a voluntary statement that Moncada grabbed him by the throat when he approached the car, so he pulled out his pocketknife.
Arnold told police he didn’t want to let the driver go because he was “old school.” He said he stabbed Moncada because he felt his life was threatened by Moncada, who was younger and possibly stronger.
Metro detectives determined from Moncada’s blood trail that he was running from Arnold, not attempting to attack Arnold.
Based on the evidence, Metro arrested Arnold and conducted a separate investigation in the hit-and-run accident.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office, as of Monday afternoon, had not filed formal charges against Arnold. He remains in jail without bond.