Chase suspect appears in court
June 22, 2010
A driver accused of leading law enforcement on a chase through Park City made his first court appearance on Monday.
Park City resident Gordon Mathis Riley, 28, is charged with failure to respond to the command of a police officer, which is a third-degree felony. The suspect is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and not having proof of insurance, all misdemeanors.
His next appearance in 3rd District Court is scheduled July 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Riley led officers on a chase that stretched from the Kamas area into Park City, said Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The pursuit ended in the driveway of a home on Mellow Mountain Road, Bridge said.
"[Riley’s] last known address is on the street where the chase ended," said Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
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A deputy began chasing Riley when the suspect’s van was clocked traveling westbound at roughly 90 mph near Todd Hollow Apartments on State Road 248, Bridge said.
Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said the police pursuit was justified.
Riley ignored flashing lights and attempts by officers to damage his tires with spikes that were put on the highway near Quinn’s Junction on June 16, Bridge said.
Riley then turned left onto Bonanza Drive and left again on Deer Valley Drive, according to Bridge.
He sped through the Aerie, he said.
A patrol vehicle collided with the van in the driveway of the Aerie home. Two Summit County Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged in the pursuit, according to Edmunds.