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Salt Lake/Tooele County Pursuit

Thursday February 24, 2022

On Wednesday Feb. 23, 2022, at approximately 2215 hours, a car was called in as reckless from Tooele County. The reporting party followed the car onto SR-201 where at some point the reckless driver backed his car into the RP and fled. The car was located by UPD units who initiated a pursuit before terminating. An hour later Troopers located the car entering I-80 WB from I-15 SB. The Trooper was following the car as we attempted to get more units and the aero bureau up. Near 5000 West the car pulled over and the trooper attempted a felony stop. The driver opened the door, turned and looked back then closed the door and took off again. The car took 7200 West and the pursuit was terminated. The car continued to drive around on SR-201 and back onto I-80 WB as there were several Troopers in the area. Attempts were make to spike the vehicle but were unsuccessful. The aero bureau was able to get contact with the car near Saltair but had to turn back due to the weather.

The car was later located pulling into the Comfort Inn just off HWY 36 near Saddleback BLVD. The driver
 exited the car and ran into the Comfort Inn. A female passenger was taken into custody as she tried to walk away from the car. Containment was set on the hotel and the driver was located walking around on the second floor. When challenged he attempted to flee down the stairwell where he was taken into custody after a short struggle. Both occupants were booked on multiple theft, drug, and weapons charges as well as outstanding warrants.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety
hmkoellner@utah.gov

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