Court ReportsAuto thief wrecks stolen car
November 16, 2012
Manuel Christopher Lopez, 31, was charged on Friday, Nov. 9 after he was discovered in a parked stolen car.
A Utah State Parks and Recreation officer observed the car while on patrol at a Rockport campground. The car did not have proof of paid camping fees, and when the officer approached the vehicle to inquire about the fees, Lopez began to drive away.
When attempts to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful, the officer turned on his lights and sirens. Lopez drove faster and attempted to evade the officer.
Lopez then lost control of the car and drove off the roadway. He left the car and attempted to escape on foot. After a short foot pursuit, the officer apprehended Lopez and took him into custody.
Lopez gave the officer a false name, Peter Paul Lopez, and behaved oddly, appearing to require medical assistance. The officer transported Lopez to Salt Lake City for medical clearance before transporting him back to Summit County.
During the transport, Lopez jumped out of the vehicle and again ran from the officer. He was once again apprehended and transported to the Summit County Jail for formal booking.
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Lopez faces charges of second-degree felony theft by deception, third-degree felony failure to stop or respond to police command, third-degree felony escape from official custody, class A misdemeanor failure to stop at command of law and class C misdemeanor giving false personal identity to a peace officer.
Man with stolen identity flees officers
Margaro Neza Gonzales, 29, Park City, was charged on Friday, Nov. 9 after allegedly using a stolen Social Security number.
From Jan. 1 to Oct. 15, Gonzales used the stolen identity to work in a Park City restaurant kitchen.
Deputies visited the restaurant and spoke with the managers to confirm Gonzales was working there. When Gonzales learned law enforcement were asking about him, he fled the restaurant.
During his time working for the restaurant, Gonzales earned more than $5,000.
Gonzales faces charges of second-degree felony identity fraud, four counts of third-degree felony forgery and two counts of third-degree felony possession of a forged writing or device for writing.