Man leads cops on chase through Park City
June 18, 2010
Nobody was seriously injured Wednesday in a police pursuit that began in the South Summit area and ended when the suspect pulled into the driveway of an upscale Park City home.
The deputy who initiated the chase clocked the 28-year-old Park City man traveling westbound at roughly 90 mph near Todd Hollow Apartments on State Road 248, according to Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect’s van slowed as it approached Park City and officers deployed spikes onto the road to damage its tires, according to Bridge.
"The vehicle made evasive moves to avoid the spike strips and continued driving recklessly through the city," Bridge said. "The vehicle made a left turn onto Bonanza Drive and then left again onto Deer Valley Drive."
The suspect turned onto Aerie Drive and sped through the neighborhood, according to Bridge
He eventually pulled into the driveway of a home on Mellow Mountain Road, where a deputy "collided with the back of the van, which prevented the vehicle from continuing," Bridge said.
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Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said two Summit County Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged in the pursuit.
"This guy was driving very recklessly before he was contacted by a deputy He was running vehicles off the road," Edmunds said in a telephone interview. "We suspect that he was impaired by a controlled substance."
Wednesday’s pursuit was justified, Edmunds added.
"The deputies constantly assessed and reassessed the safety," Edmunds said. "The speeds in the Aerie were not all that high We put a dangerous criminal behind bars."
The man was arrested and booked into the Summit County jail. He could face charges related to evading law enforcement and driving under the influence.
Summit County Attorney David Brickey said he expected formal charges to be filed against the suspect on Friday.