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Police: Newport HS senior crashes through barricades at school, nearly hits people

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Alexis "David" Yanez Gomez, jail booking photo Alexis "David" Yanez Gomez, jail booking photo

An 18-year-old senior at Newport High School sped through a school zone, crashed into barricades at the school and nearly hit multiple people Thursday morning, according to police.

A school resource officer at Newport High School first spotted the 2000 Daewoo sedan traveling south on Northeast Eads Street at a high rate of speed at 12:45 p.m.

The officer realized the car was not slowing down for the approaching intersection and he pulled a district employee away from the roadway as the car approached.

The car crashed through the barricades between the Newport High School main campus and west campus and continued heading south, according to police.

Investigators said multiple pedestrians were nearly hit by the car.

The officer ran to his patrol car and attempted to stop the driver, but due to the driver's speed and debris in the area, the officer was unable to reach the suspect.

At 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Alexis "David" Yanez Gomez, 18, of Newport, turned himself in at the Newport Police Department.

Gomez was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on charges of reckless endangering, reckless driving, hit and run and criminal mischief. His bail was set at $60,000.

Investigators said impairment is not considered to be a factor in this incident. 

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