Salt Lake City police arrested a suspected car thief, but not before he allegedly was involved in two hit-and-run accidents, a rollover crash and a brief foot chase.
Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson said that the 32-year-old suspect remained in the Salt Lake County jail Tuesday on $2,033 bail. He was being held on suspicion of second-degree felony receiving or transferring stolen property; two class B misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage; one class B misdemeanor reckless driving charge; and one class C misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.
Josephson said the suspect was arrested about 4 p.m. Monday, just two blocks away from where he allegedly rolled a Toyota 4 Runner, earlier stolen out of North Salt Lake. Earlier in the day, the suspect purportedly had driven the SUV through a fence at 785 W. Paxton Avenue, and run over a mail box at 691 W. Navajo Street.
“He then drove to 1400 S. Concord Street, where he rolled the vehicle. At that time he fled on foot, but arriving officers located him soon thereafter and arrested him without further incident,” Josephson said.
The suspect had sustained minor injuries in the crash, for which he was treated at a hospital before being released and booked into jail.