Police chase through several Salt Lake County cities ends in arrests

Posted at 7:28 AM, Apr 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-13 00:12:48-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A man and a woman were taken into custody after the man led police on a chase that started in West Valley City and ended in Sandy.

West Valley City police say they stopped a Hyundai Elentra for a traffic violation near 3100 South and Redwood Road around 12:30 a.m.

Officers say they recognized the driver as 34-year-old Jared Lance and knew he had a drug history, and police called for a K9 to search the car.

An  officer was standing at the driver-side window, trying to get Lance to get out of the car, when the man decided to flee the scene.

"At some point in time he threw the car into drive, made from what I understand a radical turn, an officer was in the way, the officer was able to dodge the vehicle and was not hit," said Sgt. Chad Evans of the West Valley Police Department.

Lance reportedly fled in his vehicle northbound on Redwood Road then went onto State Route 201 eastbound, then onto to Interstate 15 southbound, where Lance reportedly exited on 5300 South.

Police say a Utah Highway Patrol trooper blocked the intersection at that exit, but that didn't stop the suspect.

"The vehicle swerved toward that officer, he had to put it into reverse and back out of the way so that he didn't get hit," Evans said.

The pursuit, which reached 110 miles per hour on the freeway, continued through Murray, Cottonwood Heights, and then Sandy--where police said they cornered Lance in a cul-de-sac on 8100 South and 2600 East.

"We did what we call a high risk stop," Evans said. "He was taken into custody at gun point, from my understanding there was no physical resistance that I'm aware of. Nobody injured, no officers injured, no citizens injured, and the suspects were not injured."

Two female passengers were also in the car when police finally stopped Lance. One passenger, identified as 26-year-old Shelli Brown, was arrested for tampering with evidence and drug possession. The third individual was not arrested.

Lance was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for felony evading, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and distribution of narcotics.