A 50-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday, the day after his veering car led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on a bizarre chase stretching over two freeways and two counties.
About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Utah Department of Corrections officer spotted the man’s 2005 Dodge Neon driving erratically northbound on 2700 West near 4100 South in Salt Lake County. The vehicle hit a curb and blew out its right front tire, but kept going.
Alerted by the officer, troopers spotted the car soon after it entered Interstate 215 northbound at 3500 South. By then, the car was riding on its right front rim, but still managed to reach speeds of 95 mph as the chase continued.
The vehicle switched onto northbound Interstate 15 and sped into Davis County. Troopers laid out tire spikes in the car’s path at Shepherds Lane, but the suspect briefly continued on, leaving I-15 at the Layton Parkway Exit.
However, the car struck another curb at the top of the off-ramp and came to halt. Troopers found the driver, unconscious and non-responsive, behind the wheel. Troopers administered CPR until paramedics arrived and rushed him to Ogden’s McKay-Dee Hospital.
Troopers reported finding a "small amount" of spice in the car. The vehicle turned out to belong to an acquaintance of the suspect, and had been taken without permission.
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