LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The son of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols
is facing new criminal charges including attempted murder of a police officer after he was accused of trying to drive away in a stolen car with officers clinging to it.
Joshua Isaac Nichols, 23, was being held without bail Wednesday following his arrest late Sunday on charges that also included evading police, possessing a stolen vehicle, possessing a credit card without the owner's consent and a probation violation, authorities said.
He was accused of driving a stolen Toyota Supra while two officers tried to stop him at a gas station in a neighborhood several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
One officer was treated for minor injuries after being dragged about 20 feet by the vehicle, police Sgt. Chris Jones said Wednesday.
The other officer was partially inside the car as it swerved about 700 feet down a busy street, Jones said.
Nichols is accused of scuffling with that officer and running to a nearby drainage channel before other officers arrived and Nichols was arrested with the use of a Taser stun gun, according to police reports.
The arrest was at least the seventh for Nichols, who lives in Las Vegas with his mother, Lana Padilla. He was sentenced in March 2003 to probation and a drug court diversion program after pleading guilty to stealing a scooter to finance a drug habit.
Padilla divorced Terry Nichols
years before the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500. Terry Nichols
is serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for his convictions in the bombing.