SPANISH FORK, Utah, Feb. 19, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A 19-year-old man is in custody following a police pursuit Sunday afternoon in Spanish Fork. He has been identified as Tristian Thomas Anderson, of Spanish Fork.
Utah County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the incident began shortly after 4:30 p.m., when a deputy ran the registration on a car and it came up as stolen out of American Fork.
When the deputy attempted to make contact, the driver took off and the pursuit ensued.
Another deputy put spikes out near the Spanish Fork airport, and two of the stolen vehicle’s tires were punctured, but the driver continued to flee.
As the suspect entered Spanish Fork Canyon, the vehicle started to spin out, and another trooper performed a PIT maneuver, bringing the chase to an end.
Cannon told Gephardt Daily that Anderson was taken into custody.
Two passengers were in the car, Anderson’s 13-year-old sister and her 14-year-old friend. According to a news release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the juveniles told deputies that they wanted Anderson to stop, but he told them he was running because the car was stolen. Anderson later admitted he stole the car after finding it unlocked with the keys inside.
The car was stolen out of American Fork the morning of Thursday, Feb. 16.
The news release also states that as deputies took the juveniles out of the car, they discovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana. The juveniles told deputies they had been smoking marijuana with Anderson and that he is the one who gave it to them.
Anderson has been booked into the Utah County Jail on one second-degree felony charge of vehicle theft, two third-degree felony charges of endangerment of a child, one third-degree felony charge of delivering drug paraphernalia to someone under age 18, one third-degree felony charge of failing to stop at the command of police, and class B misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, DUI, and reckless driving.
The two juveniles will be charged in juvenile court with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.