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New Details Emerging in the Fatal DUI Crash, Arrest of Scott Russell Gragson

UPDATE June 6, 2019  —  9:15AM

It appears the long wait for the blood draw of Scott Russell Gragson has led to the dismissal of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Traffic Captain Nick Farese, according to a report from KTNV.

Blood draws are required to be taken within two hours of a suspected DUI crash. Blood tests taken after two hours could affect the results of the tests. Gragson’s crash took place at 4:48 PM, but his blood wasn’t drawn until 8:18 PM.

In the report, it states that Farese still is employed by the Police Department, but it is unknown what his role is.

To read the full report from KTNV, click here.


This past Thursday, Scot Russell Gragson — the father of NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson and Grandson of a former Las Vegas Mayor — was the driver during a fatal DUI crash. Gragson was taken into custody and was released from jail after posting a $250,000 bond.

Details are now emerging as to what lead up to the crash, that resulted in three un-buckled passengers being ejected from Gragson’s vehicle, killing one woman in the process.

At 5:11 PM, police officers arrived at the scene of the accident. According to the Police Report, Gragson admitted that he had started drinking at around 9 AM that day at a Charity Golf Tournament. Gragson stated that he had consumed, “four or five,” mixed drinks in addition to some Coors beers before 2 PM.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review Journal, Gragson agreed to take part in a blood test when he arrived at the University Medical Center with minor injuries, but despite Gragson volunteering to take part in the test the Nevada District Attorney’s office needed to obtain a warrant to draw the blood.

The warrant did not go through until 8:15 PM — more than three hours after police arrived at the scene of the accident. Gragson’s blood was drawn twice. Once at 8:18 PM and once at 9:21 PM. No blood alcohol level numbers have been made available yet.

Also in the report from LVRJ, was the fact that Gragson had a prior DUI arrest back in 2001, however it is currently unknown if Gragson was convicted.

To read the full report from the Las Vegas Review Journal, click here.

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