Driver leads police on high-speed pursuit in Basin, Park City
A driver led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit through the West Side of Summit County Tuesday morning as commuters were heading to work and skiers were on their way to the resorts.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office described a pursuit through both Park City and the Snyderville Basin before the suspect left Summit County headed westbound on Interstate 80.
Ron Bridge, a Sheriff’s Office sergeant, said a deputy saw the vehicle, a burgundy Nissan Maxima, passing another driver on the shoulder of the road on eastbound Interstate 80 just west of the U.S. 40 interchange as it parallels Highland Drive.
The deputy turned on the emergency lights and attempted to pull over the driver of the Maxima, Bridge said. He said the driver did not pull over, the deputy turned the siren on and contacted dispatchers.
The early moments of the pursuit involved Trailside Drive, Old Ranch Road and Highland Drive. Bridge said the driver headed westbound on Highland Drive, past Newpark Town Center and onto Ute Boulevard.
The driver then turned southbound onto S.R. 224 and followed the state highway into Park City, Bridge said. The driver reached speeds of approximately 95 mph along the S.R. 224 entryway into Park City, he said.
Two deputies trailed the driver on S.R. 224 but lost visual contact with the driver prior to reaching Park City, Bridge said. Park City police officers pursued the Maxima inside the city limits.
The driver backtracked onto S.R. 224, exited the city and the deputies restarted their pursuit. The Maxima reached Kimball Junction and turned onto Interstate 80 westbound, Bridge said. The Utah Highway Patrol pursued the vehicle once it reached Salt Lake County on the interstate.
Justin Martinez, a Sheriff’s Office captain, said the Highway Patrol terminated the pursuit once the Maxima exited Interstate 80 at Foothill Drive. The police in Salt Lake City did not pick up the pursuit, he said. Bridge said the driver was the only person inside the Maxima. Martinez said the vehicle had a temporary tag in the back window that appeared to be from Utah.
Other Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in the attempt to stop the driver. Bridge said the deputies wanted to put tire spikes on the road in front of the Maxima. Approximately four attempts were unsuccessful, he said. The deputies either were unable to get into position in time or the driver swerved to avoid the tire spikes, Bridge said.
Martinez said the pursuit started at 8:40 a.m. and the Sheriff’s Office stopped its chase at 9:05 a.m. at the Summit County-Salt Lake County line on Interstate 80.
The vehicle is a 1997 model that was reported stolen in Salt Lake City on Feb. 6.
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