Law enforcement officials apprehend suspect at gun point in Kimball Junction |

Law enforcement officials apprehend suspect at gun point in Kimball Junction

He fled from a trooper after a records check revealed he was in a stolen vehicle

A Department of Public Safety Helicopter was seen hovering above the Swaner EcoCenter Sunday, June 25, as law enforcement officials were searching for a suspect involved in a foot pursuit.
Photo by Hillary Clark Howard

A Texas man was apprehended at gunpoint Sunday morning after leading law enforcement officials on a foot pursuit through the Newpark area in Kimball Junction, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Zacharey Starkey, 25, of Kerens, Texas, was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail. He was preliminarily charged with vehicle theft, resisting/interfering with arrest and a traffic offense, according to a report. Starkey also had several outstanding warrants for various weapons charges.

At 9:50 a.m. Sunday, June 25, a deputy with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office ran a records check on a White Pontiac G6 traveling westbound on Interstate 80. The vehicle was registered in Texas and listed as stolen, a report states.

Jake Butcher, with the Utah Highway Patrol, spotted the suspect’s vehicle as it was exiting the Interstate at Kimball Junction, but he did not immediately attempt to pull him over. As Butcher waited for assistance from other agencies to stop the vehicle, he saw the suspect pull into a parking stall in Newpark, a report states.

Butcher activated his emergency lights and ordered Starkey to exit the vehicle with his weapon drawn, according to a report. The suspect initially complied, but then fled on foot through the shopping complex initiating a response from the Sheriff’s Office, Park City Police Department and the Department of Public Safety, in addition to UHP.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter located Starkey in a ditch surrounded by tall grass and notified officers, a report states.

As he was taken into custody, officers noticed he had suffered minor injuries to both of his legs while fleeing. He was evaluated by medical personnel and released before being taken into custody.

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