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130 MPH chase puts Nephi school on lockdown

Posted at 9:48 AM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 19:09:27-05

NEPHI, Utah – An 130 MPH chase put a local school in Nephi on lockdown Tuesday morning while police searched for a suspect.

Regina N Farrell, 27, was arrested after allegedly leading police on a vehicle pursuit and trying to enter Red Cliffs Elementary school in Nephi.

According to a press release made by the Utah Highway Patrol, (UHP) a trooper pulled over a car at on I-15 at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday for going 89 MPH in an 80 MPH zone.

UHP wrote that as the trooper was approaching the vehicle, Farrell sped off and a chase ensued.

Speeds reached 130 MPH, and the suspect exited the interstate at MP 222, and continued northbound into Nephi. UHP terminated the pursuit at the top of the exit ramp and gave other law enforcement agencies information on the vehicle’s description.

The vehicle was found in Nephi abandoned near Redcliff Elementary School, UHP said. The school was immediately put on lockdown while officers looked for Farrell.

“Video was also reviewed to identify the occupant or occupants of the vehicle,” UHP wrote. “The video revealed that a lone female exited the car and did attempt to enter the school through the front door and through several locked outside doors. ”

Police received a call shortly after the school was put on lockdown, that said a couple was giving a ride to a female who was found hiding near a house close to the elementary school.

Farrell was identified by police as the female in the surveillance footage and was booked into jail for numerous charges, including six warrants for her arrest.

The lockdown was lifted at the elementary school shortly after Farrell was taken into custody.