Video: Couple rams cars, leads police on chase ending in crash into power pole

Posted at 9:22 PM, Jan 14, 2015
Fraud car suspect Kennedy

Dominique Kennedy

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah - Two suspects are in custody after allegedly tricking a car dealership into selling them a car using fraudulent information and leading South Salt Lake police on a car chase all the way to North Salt Lake.

Police have arrested Dominique  Kennedy and Cody Smith numerous charges including identity fraud, forgery and criminal mischief.

Witnesses at Sunburst Auto Sales near 26th S. and State St. said the man and woman bought a Mercedes-Benz Tuesday using a fake ID and fake social security number.

A salesperson said the bank called the dealership and alerted them to the fraudulent purchase.

Since the couple tried to buy two cars the day before, the dealership told them to return Wednesday because they were approved for a second car.

fraud car theft suspect Cody

Cody Smith

Police were in the area waiting and once the suspects noticed the police cars, they ran leaving a wake of destruction in their path.

"I was angry at the beginning because it was stupid what they did because obviously they're going to get caught," Salesman Hassan Soweidan said. "But, everything's OK now, no one got hurt, everything's OK."

South Salt Lake police said the suspects nearly hit several people in the car lot before speeding off.

The chase went north on State St. and then moved onto westbound I-80.

The suspects then went to Redwood Road, then I-215 and then onto I-15.

The man eventually crashed into a power pole at 400 W. and Center St. in North Salt Lake.

The chase ended when the suspects crashed into a power pole at a railroad crossing.

The suspected couple went to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

No one else was injured.

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