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Police seek fugitive who cut off ankle monitor, rammed police car during chase

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 12:20:44-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - Police continue to search for a man accused of smashing into a Unified Police cruiser and leading officers on a high-speed chase.

Christopher McMillan mugshotChristopher McMillan, 43, is a felony probation fugitive who cut his court-issued ankle monitor last week. As police moved in on an opportunity to arrest McMillan, he found a way to get into his car.

"They followed him, trying to set up an arrest plan," said Sgt. Kevin McLachlan of the West Valley City Police Department. "During that time he was able to find out he was being followed by police and fled.”

Sergeant McLachlan said at one point, McMillan pulled his car over and let two people out of the back before driving away from police again.

"We have made contact with both of those people," police confirm.

At one point during the chase, police say McMillan avoided a spike strip and nearly struck the officer who threw the spikes. The chase continued into Magna, and he allegedly ran into the front of a Unified Police officer's car. The officer only suffered minor injuries.

"The chase then continued back into a residential area, and we didn't feel it was safe to continue," Sergeant McLachlan said.

McMillan then got away.

The ankle monitor came after a pair of arrests over the past 8 months. McMillan was arrested in July for allegedly receiving stolen property. While out on bail, he allegedly stole $50,000  worth of fur coats from a store in Park City.

A little over a week after that, police say McMillan got into a scuffle with his brother while holding a gun. McMillan had made comments about being suicidal. During the scuffle, police say McMillan shot his brother in the foot and then took off, the incident leading to a SWAT standoff that lasted for hours.

Eventually, he was arrested, but was granted a pre-trial release as long as he wore an ankle monitor. Last week, he cut the monitor off his ankle, which led to West Valley City Police's attempt to arrest him.

“It’s a little frustrating to us," Sergeant McLachlan admitted, "But it’s the job we signed up for."

West Valley City Police are asking anyone with any information about McMillan's whereabouts to reach out to them.