Davis County man allegedly flees from officials, is found hiding in bush by K-9

Anthony Draper. Photo Courtesy: Davis County Jail

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 26, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Davis County man is being held without bail after he allegedly fled from officials on foot and was caught, hiding in a bush, by a K-9.

A probable cause statement from the 2nd District Court in Farmington said Anthony W. Draper, 27, is facing charges of:

  • Failure to respond to officer’s signal to stop, a second-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony
  • Unlawful acquisition/possession/transfer of a financial card, a third-degree felony
  • False evidence of title and registration, a third-degree felony
  • Reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor
  • Interference with a peace officer, a class B misdemeanor
  • Ignition interlock violation, a class C misdemeanor
  • Driving on a suspended, revoked or cancelled commercial driver’s license, a class C misdemeanor
  • Operating a vehicle without insurance, a class C misdemeanor

During a routine patrol in South Weber Saturday, an officer noticed a man and woman near a motorcycle at the end of Cornia Drive.

“The male, identified to be Anthony Draper, was sitting on the ground with hand tools working on the motorcycle,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “I called out a motorist assist and asked if they needed help. They said they did not. I performed a records check on the vehicle which came back as not having insurance. I returned and got the identification of the two individuals.”

When performing a records check on Draper, the officer saw the return of multiple warrants for his arrest. Draper then got on the motorcycle and attempt to start it up.

“I ran out of my patrol vehicle and grabbed the handlebars of the motorcycle,” the statement said. “Anthony throttled the motorcycle and spun the back tire in an attempt to escape my grasp on the motorcycle. In order to insure my safety I pulled the motorcycle to the ground. Anthony took off on foot and ran for the Weber River. I told Anthony multiple times to stop and he continued to flee.”

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Draper ran or fell into the river, officials said, and was eventually found by a K-9 on the other side, hiding in a bush. Backup arrived and officers found a “large quantity of a crystalline substance consistent with that of methamphetamine in a back pack belonging to Anthony and on the motorcycle belonging to Anthony,” the statement said.

The methamphetamine was individually packaged as if measured out for distribution. Officers also found several syringes, one loaded, and a glass pipe indicative of drug use.

Draper has at least two prior convictions of possession of a controlled substance and at least two prior convictions of possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was also found the registration stickers did not match that of the registration of the motorcycle; the year decal returned to a 2019 Dodge Ram. The month sticker was also changed and poorly taped on, the statement said. There was also no interlock on the motorcycle, which Draper is required to have, and he was operating on a revoked driver license. There was also no insurance on the motorcycle.

During the search of Draper’s belongings, three financial cards were found that did not belong to him.

Draper was booked into the Davis County Jail; there are three no-bail warrants for him and he is a wanted fugitive from parole.

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