The complainant obtained a license plate from the Jetta and a records check by the Communications Center revealed that the vehicle was listed as stolen, from the Weber County area, on the N.C.I.C. database. The witness tried to follow the vehicle but discontinued his efforts on South River Road in the industrial area due to the speeds reached by the Jetta.
An officer in the area of I-15 and the Southern Parkway located the Jetta and attempted a traffic stop. Once it was clear that the driver was going to evade the officer, the officer discontinued his attempt to stop the vehicle. An officer parked at Exit 6 on I-15, saw the VW approaching the exit and it appeared that the driver had planned on leaving I-15 at Exit 6 but changed his course when he noticed the officer.
The driver of the VW continued North on I-15 reaching the area of mile post 7. The driver decided to turn around and began driving South on the Northbound shoulder of I-15. The VW was travelling on the dirt portion of the shoulder at a high rate of speed when an officer in the area of Exit 6 observed the VW move further off of the shoulder, strike some uneven terrain, and crash into the fence between the freeway and Sunland Drive. The driver of the VW fled the vehicle on foot.
Officers in the area set up a perimeter and received assistance from a variety of citizens who had witnessed the suspect running through the area on foot; including a hot air balloon pilot who was floating above the area of the incident.
Officers were able to catch up with the suspect in the parking lot of the BLM Office on Riverside Dr. The suspect saw them approaching and ran on foot. He ran behind a dumpster at the BLM Offices where he was taken into custody.
The suspect was transported to DRMC by ambulance due to the fact he had been involved in a traffic collision and he was barefoot while he was running from officers. He sustained some injuries to the bottoms of his feet. As of this time we have not verified the identity of the driver.
Additional follow up investigation is currently underway to determine the driver's identity, the status of the vehicle, the suspect’s association with the vehicle, and what additional charges will be filed in relation to his possession of it.
Currently the suspect is being checked by medical personnel prior to being booked into jail. Specific charges to be filed will include evading and failure to stop at the command of an officer. Additional charges may be added pending the results of the follow up investigation.