Overnight search for wanted man taken into custody on the Salt Flats

Posted at 4:33 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 18:36:54-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A search for a wanted man overnight in Tooele County ended Tuesday afternoon when he was taken into custody on the Salt Flats.

Utah Highway Patrol first came in contact with the man Monday night when a trooper stopped to assist a vehicle on Interstate 80 at mile marker 22.

Sgt. Todd Royce with UHP said two males and a female were inside the car and they were acting suspicious. When the trooper ran their names it was discovered that they had outstanding warrants.

One male and the female were taken into custody. However the second male in the car fled the scene on foot into the Salt Flats area, Royce said.

Troopers searched for the suspect but were unable to find him. At about 11:30 a.m. today, Royce said, a trooper spotted the man on I-80 near mile marker 18.

When approached, the suspect was noncompliant and claimed to have a .45 caliber handgun, Royce said. The man fled back into the Salt Flats.

Hours later, troopers were able to approach the man who was still noncompliant. However, Royce said authorities were able to take the suspect into custody with less lethal force.

Troopers accompanied the suspect in an ambulance into Tooele where he will checked out at the hospital. Once cleared, he will be booked into jail.

Authorities have not released the names of the suspects at this time.