Driver arrested after chase, spike strip, release of the hounds in Taylorsville

A man believed to be driving a stolen vehicle in Taylorsville was taken into custody Wednesday night after a short chase, the spiking of his tires and the use of K-9s. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Jan. 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man police say was driving a stolen car was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a short chase when a spike strip managed to take out all four of his tires.

Lt. Bill Robertson, Unified Police Department, said the incident began at about 7 p.m. in Taylorsville when an officer with a license plate reader located a vehicle that came up as stolen.

The vehicle was occupied and moving through traffic.

“With that information, he (the officer) put out to responding units to come into the area,” said Lt. Bill Robertson, Unified Police Department.

“We attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop, and we had a successful spike of the vehicle — spiked all four tires. At that point, the suspect in the vehicle continued to flee, came to into this neighborhood where we’re at, on Culpepper Circle, and fled on foot.”

Officers from Unified and the West Jordan Police Department set up a containment area, and initiated a search with several K-9s, Robertson said. The suspect was located, laying low, in a nearby yard.

“We were able to take him into custody,” Robertson said. “Our K-9s did a fantastic job. No officers were hurt, suspect’s not injured, and he’s in custody.”

Asked if the K-9s cornered the suspect, Robertson said that’s not always necessary.

“A lot of times, the dogs aren’t the ones that scare them to stay put,” he said. “They know dogs are coming sometimes…. It’s the containment with all the red and blue lights that force them to go to ground, and we go from there.”

Robertson said the suspect will be charged with “felony fleeing to start with,” and once officers confirm the computer’s finding that the vehicle was stolen, related charges will be added.

“And he’s probably got got some outstanding warrants and things of that nature also,” Robertson said. “A lot of times that’s in addition to new charges.”


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