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Driver, passenger arrested after wild police chase through Ogden

Posted at 3:25 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 23:22:08-04

OGDEN, Utah — A man and woman were arrested Sunday morning in Ogden after a chase that police say included attempts to ram patrol cars and run over officers deploying spike strips.

According to arrest documents and a press release from Ogden Police, an officer attempted to pull over a Kia Soul around 1 a.m. for a failing to signal while turning. That's when the driver, later identified as 24-year-old Hunter Spencer Robinson, reportedly turned off the headlights and began to flee.

According to the pursuing officer, they ended up in a dead-end street, where Robinson then attempted to ram the officer's vehicle that was attempting to block him in. The officer said he reversed to avoid being hit.

The chase continued with Robinson running multiple stop signs and red lights, "creating a hazard to the community," police said.

“Here he comes, right here!” Kevin Richard said as he recorded the suspect vehicle and trailing cop cars. “At least 30 cop cars, they’re everywhere, got all of Washington [Boulevard] shut down.”

Richard was among dozens of others who witnessed the early morning chase. He said he was taking a ‘cruise’ with his wife when they got stuck in the middle of the pursuit and barricades.

“This is like the stuff you see on Live PD,” Richard said. “[The suspect] had the cops going in all sorts of zig-zag directions like a snake… he tried to go through every single parking lot, almost hitting multiple cars.”

Three attempts to spike the vehicle's tires were partially successful, and police say Robinson attempted to run over two officers who were setting up the spike strips. They both managed to dodge the vehicle.

According to a press release from Ogden PD, at one point, officers began to approach the vehicle on foot. While the suspects attempted to flee and accelerated towards the officer with their car, "one of the officers fired multiple times, striking the vehicle.” The press release continues, saying the officer sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

During the pursuit, police say they observed a beer can being thrown out of the vehicle and a female passenger who appeared to be pointing directions for the driver to go to avoid being caught.

The vehicle was eventually stopped using a pit maneuver. The passenger, 23-year-old Susie Marie Eberle, was arrested at the vehicle, but police say Robinson fled on foot. He was tackled to the ground, and police say it took a struggle with multiple officers including "closed-hand strikes" to subdue him.

Officers say they found marijuana, along with multiple items that indicated both use and distribution, inside the vehicle.

Robinson faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including aggravated assault, failure to stop at officers' commands, drug possession, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Police say Eberle spoke to them willingly, admitting to throwing a beer can out the window and helping Robinson evade officers. Police say she is from Ogden and Robinson is not, indicating that he would not have been able to avoid capture as long as he did without help. She faces charges of obstructing justice.

Eberle also had four active warrants for her arrest, and police say Robinson also fled from an officer on May 8 and was never apprehended. The officer with Roy Police Department reports that Robinson's vehicle, the same that was involved in Sunday's chase, was involved in a domestic violence call in Roy. The Kia Soul was parked in front of a home, and the officer pulled in front of it when he saw Robinson get in. Robinson then reportedly backed up and sped away, with his headlights turned off similarly to Sunday's incident. Eberle was seen in the car as well; the officer later confirmed with individuals at the home where the vehicle was parked earlier that the two were in a relationship.