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Sunday's chase ended when the suspects' pickup truck crashed in a ditch near Salt Lake City International Airport. (UHP photo)
Utah cops on lookout for drug suspects who fled crash
High-speed chase » Gun, drugs found in abandoned pickup in ditch near airport.
First Published Nov 25 2013 08:10 am • Last Updated Nov 25 2013 10:40 pm

Police throughout Utah were on the lookout for a California man and a male companion in connection with a high-speed chase that ended in a crash near Salt Lake City International Airport.

Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Dougherty said Monday that the driver of the crashed pickup truck, 26-year-old Geoffrey William Guess, and an unknown male passenger got away after their silver Toyota Tacoma, bearing California plates, crashed through a fence and into a dry canal bed on airport property about 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Troopers believe the two may have been picked up by a Honda Accord traveling behind the pickup. UHP released a Fresno County (Calif.) mugshot of Guess. His record there includes charges such as possession of controlled substances, auto theft, evading police, burglary and making threats of bodily harm.

A trooper attempted to pull over the pickup and the second car for an unspecified traffic violations near 7200 West on Interstate 80. Both vehicles sped away, taking the 5600 West exit and racing north on 5600 West.

"To protect public safety, the trooper did not pursue the vehicles but did request assistance from other agencies," Dougherty said.

After the pickup crashed and the suspects abandoned it in a field off of 5600 West, Salt Lake City Airport Police officers found a loaded firearm near the vehicle. Officers also found about five pounds of packaged marijuana hidden inside the truck.

Officers from UHP, Salt Lake City and the airport, aided by a police dog, were unable to locate the pair. They remained at large on Monday.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 911. Do not approach the suspects, who are considered possibly armed and dangerous.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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