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Man captured in SLC after stealing two trucks in Davis Co., police say

Yancie Parsons
Posted at 2:57 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 16:57:24-04

WOODS CROSS, Utah — A 31-year-old man is in the Davis County Jail on suspicion of stealing two pickup trucks and evading police in southern Davis County Sunday afternoon.

Yancie Parsons faces two counts of evading police, two counts of motor vehicle theft and several traffic violations.

According to a news release from Woods Cross Police, an officer saw a man driving recklessly on a motorcycle near 1500 S and 800 W at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

A few minutes later, police received a report that a motorcycle crashed through a fence near 1450 W and 1300 S and the driver had fled on foot.

At 4:42 p.m., as officers worked to contain the area and find the man, someone who lives nearby reported his gray Chevrolet truck was stolen out of his driveway.

Dispatch received multiple reports of an erratic driver in Bountiful and Centerville.

"When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it immediately fled and was not pursued," the news release said.

At about 5 p.m., police received reports that the stolen vehicle had been disabled at 1875 N Frontage Rd. in Centerville. Officers found the vehicle abandoned in a nearby driveway.

Officers and K-9 teams searched the area, and police sent out emergency notifications via a public alert system and the Ring doorbell notification system that urged people living in the area to secure their homes and vehicles.

Police said a person who lives near 1750 N and 500 W in Centerville received the emergency notification and discovered his truck was missing around 5:33 p.m.

"An attempt to locate for the stolen truck was sent out to all the surrounding agencies in Davis and Salt Lake Counties," the news release said. "The owner of the truck reported it was low on fuel when it was stolen."

Shortly afterward, Salt Lake City Police received reports of a vehicle stalled in traffic near 1700 S and 200 E, and they confirmed that the stalled vehicle was the one that was reported stolen in Centerville.

Witnesses told police that the driver got out of the truck and ran south on 200 E. SLCPD officers tracked him to a nearby home, placed him under arrest and turned him over to Woods Cross Police.