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Chase in Southern Utah Leads to Kidnapping Charges for Driver

Thursday May 10, 2018

A man was arrested after leading UHP Troopers on a short chase on I-15 in southern Utah. The chase ultimately ended after the SUV collided with a semi-truck.

At around 3:30 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers received reports of a suspicious vehicle traveling southbound on I-15 near Cedar City.  A female passenger inside the black Chevy Tahoe appeared to be trying to wave down traffic for help. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

36-year-old Luis Carlos Martinez-Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail. He faces charges that include driving with a measurable amount of a controlled substance, reckless driving, evading police, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of kidnap.

The other occupants of the SUV, a woman and infant, declined medical transport and were released after being interviewed. The semi-truck driver was unharmed.


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