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Suspect flees after Salt Lake County police chase

Published August 24, 2014 4:12 pm

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A man was arrested hours after leading Unified police on a chase and allegedly ramming a police officer's car.

At 2:26 a.m. Sunday, a Unified Police officer spotted a white Chevy Tahoe at 7800 S. State St. in Midvale matching the description of a vehicle wanted in multiple armed robberies, said Lt. Justin Hoyal. When the officer tried to stop the Tahoe, the driver reportedly fled north and led police on a chase.

Halfway through the pursuit, an officer tried a PIT maneuver to stop the Tahoe, but the driver intentionally rammed the officer's car, Hoyal said. The patrol vehicle was "significantly damaged" from the impact, though the officer was uninjured, the lieutenant said.

The 11-minute chase ultimately ended near an apartment complex at 100 W. Fireclay Ave. in Murray. There, the suspect drove down a dead-end road, jumped a curb, went through a fence and drove into a dirt area with an embankment, coming to a stop near railroad tracks, Hoyal said. From there, the suspect got out and ran north on foot, he said.

Officers searched the area for two hours, but could not find him. Two other people who were in the Tahoe were interviewed and released, Hoyal said.

Unified Police asked for the public's help finding the suspect. By about 9:45 p.m., Unified police reported that he had been arrested and booked into Salt Lake County jail.

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