‘High hazard’ traffic stop on I-15 slows Thursday morning commute

Posted at 4:53 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 18:53:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The morning commute near Salt Lake City slowed to a crawl Thursday after police stopped a suspicious vehicle.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers stopped the car on I-15 near 600 North, believing the vehicle may have been connected to a reported abduction in South Salt Lake.

Three people were taken in the custody as a result of that high hazard stop on I-15, and it all started with a complaint from a woman in South Salt Lake who said she had been held against her will at knife point.

The potential suspects were taken into custody without incident, which is when the real work began for police.

"We're just trying to get the story and see exactly what happened,” Executive Officer Gary Keller with South Salt Lake PD said.

The complaint came in Wednesday. The woman said she was held at knife point Tuesday.

“Was threatened with a knife and gave us a description of the vehicle, possible weapons in the vehicle, so, again, we're trying to figure and sort all this out right now,” Keller said.

A Cadillac was spotted Thursday morning and officers followed it onto I-15, where UHP troopers assisted them in making what's referred to as a high hazard stop.

Police were concerned because the woman's allegations were serious and credible.

“When they report something of that magnitude, we take it on face value, and we have to follow up on it, and that's what we're doing at this time, trying to figure it out,” Keller said.

South Salt Lake police said later Thursday that no charges will be filed and all of the men detained Thursday have been released.