Chase suspects identified
May 16, 2008
Two men face felony charges after allegedly leading deputies on a high-speed chase during which someone threw a cash register out the window at pursuing officers on Interstate 80.
Snyderville Basin resident Nicholas Peterson, 19, is charged with two third-degree felonies for burglary of a building and failure to stop or respond to the command of a police officer. Peterson faces five misdemeanors for theft, possession of burglary tools, reckless driving, failure to turn on headlights and changing lanes without signaling.
Prosecutors also charged Heber resident Hunter Bixler, 19, with a third-degree felony for burglary of a building. He faces several misdemeanors for theft, tampering with evidence and possession of burglary tools.
The men allegedly stole the cash register from Leger’s deli at 1612 W. Ute Blvd. May 12 at about 1 a.m. The men fled in the Mitsubishi Montero when a deputy attempted to stop the car for suspicion of several traffic violations, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.
The chase reached 104 mph on Interstate 80 as the suspects attempted to evade officers, according to Edmunds.
Spikes were used to flatten tires on the car just past the Summit County line in Morgan, the authorities say.