Prisoner in Woodland allegedly escapes
July 11, 2008
A man who allegedly escaped from police custody July 8 was later nabbed by deputies in Woodland at the Diamond Bar X Ranch.
The 22-year-old Taylorsville man was handcuffed inside a cruiser when he allegedly escaped "through the window" at about 12:30 p.m., Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Josh Wall said.
The man was arrested because he had several outstanding warrants, Wall explained, adding that a woman in Woodland complained to a dispatcher that she had a confrontation with the man.
"During the investigation, deputies located marijuana in [the man’s] area and placed him in the backseat cage area of the patrol vehicle," Wall said in a prepared statement.
A manhunt that involved Utah Highway Patrol, the Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office and Kamas police ensued in two counties when officers discovered the suspect escaped.
Within about three hours, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the man inside a cabin in South Summit after he telephoned his parents’ home.
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"Detectives from another agency had responded to the parents’ residence at Summit County’s request and were present when the call was received," according to Wall.
The call was traced and "deputies surrounded the cabin and entered through an open door," Wall said.
"[The man] had accessed the cabin through a window and was consuming food and beverages stored in the cabin," Wall said. "He had located the hacksaw, cut the chain connecting the handcuffs and changed his clothes."
The man, who was taken into custody without incident, could face a third-degree felony charge related to escaping from police custody, Summit County prosecutor Paul Christensen said Thursday.
The names of suspects are not usually printed in The Park Record until formal charges are filed.
The 49-year-old Colorado woman who initially called police because of a dispute with the man was arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and violating her parole.
The punishment for people convicted of third-degree felonies in Utah could be zero to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.