Interstate 80 westbound was shut down for a short time on Tuesday by officers from a joint response who took a robbery suspect into custody near Parley's Summit.
Members of the U.S. Marshal's Office's Joint Criminal Apprehension Team (JCAT) employed the assistance of the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office to stop Jose Gutierrez, 20, a robbery suspect who had been last seen in Duchesne County, according to Summit County Sheriff's Capt. Justin Martinez.
Gutierrez was being pursued down I-80 westbound and Martinez said deputies were stationed further along the freeway toward Salt Lake City to potentially spike Gutierrez's vehicle. Gutierrez complied with officers and was stopped just past Parley's Summit in Salt Lake County headed toward the valley. JCAT had wanted the suspect stopped before he was able to get to the valley.
I-80 was shut down for about five to seven minutes, since Gutierrez was alleged to be a violent gang member. Martinez said that procedure is common when deputies conduct a felony stop, as officers are carrying weapons and the scene has the potential to turn violent.
"If, by chance, it turns violent, we don't [want to] have innocents driving through a felony stop where guns are drawn," Martinez said.
Gutierrez was taken into custody without resistance and was later transported to the Salt Lake City detention center.