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Car-leaping suspect arrested after week on the lam

Published August 7, 2013 10:20 am

He ran again • But UPD officers found him hiding on roof, behind swamp cooler.
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After a week on the lam, a fugitive who eluded Unified Police officers following a high-speed chase by bailing out of a moving car to escape a subsequent manhunt has been taken into custody.

UPD had been looking for Justin Archer, 26, since late the night of Aug. 1, when he allegedly bailed out of a car at the end of the chase and then ran into the night near 2700 West and Market Street (about 3600 South).

The chase had begun when a UPD officer spotted a red Chevrolet Camaro, with its lights off, bolt out of a gas station parking lot. When the car also ran a red light, the officer began pursuit, said UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal.

After the driver abandoned the Camaro and his 20- and 29-year-old passengers, arriving officers brought the car to a halt and then began to search the area with dogs. Along with two females, officers also reportedly found a replica handgun inside the vehicle.

About 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers checking on several addresses associated with Archer closed in on a duplex home near 3200 West and 4700 South. When he spotted them, Archer crawled into the attic and dropped into the neighboring unit and jumped out a bedroom and ran, Hoyal said.

Assisted by West Valley City police, UPD officers and police dogs pursued Archer into a backyard. They surrounded the home near 4700 South Crestfield Drive and eventually found Archer on the roof, hiding behind a swamp cooler unit.

Archer was arrested without further incident and booked into Salt Lake County Jail. He was being held in lieu of $78,700 bail on suspicion of third-degree felony counts of possessing stolen property, possession of a control substance, theft by deception, fleeing police and possession of a weapon by a restricted person and numerous misdemeanor counts of drug and drug paraphernalia possession, theft and interfering with an arresting officer.

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