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Cache County pursuit

Thursday May 5, 2022

Last night at about 9:08 pm, on US-89/91 near Wellsville, a charcoal gray Mercedes van with Nevada plates was called in for erratic driving and flashing their lights behind the complainant. The vehicle continued driving erratically and flashing its lights. Troopers located the vehicle on US-91 near Smithfield and attempted to stop it. The vehicle failed to yield  and continued northbound. The Trooper did not pursue, but did follow at a distance to keep eyes on. He noticed the vehicle make a U-turn at the south end of Richmond to come back southbound. He initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle again fled southbound. The vehicle then made another U-turn and continued this behavior for a bit at lower speeds. Once the vehicle reached Smithfield again, Troopers terminated the pursuit.

Troopers and some other local units kept eyes on the vehicle as it continued southbound into Logan. The vehicle ran every red light it came to. Responding officers lost sight of the vehicle for a time.

A citizen motorist spotted and called in the vehicle driving recklessly northbound into Logan Canyon. Rich County deputies set up near the county line with spikes. Our Trooper caught up to the vehicle near the UDOT sheds. The vehicle was successfully spiked, but continued to flee. The Trooper made a successful pit near milepost 494 and stopped. The vehicle was in a bad spot and driver would not comply with officers commands. Both directions of travel were closed to deal with the incident. SWAT responded to the scene and after a gas deployment the 31 year-old male driver was taken into custody at about 2:45 am.



Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety


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