On the way, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper spotted the girlfriend speeding on Interstate 15 and attempted to pull her over, but she didn't yield and continued eastbound after taking the interchange onto Interstate 80.
Why didn't she yield? Because another Diehl friend and a recipient of his generous campaign largess was then-Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard who had given Diehl permission to equip his car with police lights and a siren because Diehl was an honorary member of the search-and-rescue squad.
The trooper thought he was in a high-speed chase and called for backup. But the girlfriend thought the lights and siren came from Diehl, who she thought was just playing around with his toys.