SEVIER COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 29, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Five juveniles were taken into custody Sunday after police say they crashed a stolen vehicle and attempted to evade law enforcement officers.
At about 11:22 a.m., Salina City police officers responded to a vehicle crash at K&K Auto.
“A brown Toyota Corolla had run into the back of a tan Honda Accord that was parked in the parking lot,” a Salina City PD news release says.
Witnesses reported that the Corolla’s occupants got out of the vehicle, took personal items from the car, and began walking south toward the freeway.
Salina officers then learned that several juveniles were at the Loves Truck Stop, trying to get a ride from other motorists, the new release says.
Officers from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Richfield City Police Department, Utah Highway Patrol and Division of Wildlife Resources responded to assist, and five juveniles were found in the rear parking lot of the truck stop.
“The five juveniles jumped the fence and attempted to evade the officers, but all five were quickly captured and taken into custody,” the news release states.
During the investigation, officials learned that the car had been stolen out of Colorado, but did not reveal where the juveniles came from.
A Code Red Alert was sent out to residents in the Salina area because misinformation from the juveniles led officials to believe there may have been two armed male suspects still at large. After further investigation and a review of surveillance video, it became clear that only the five juveniles were involved, and the Code Red was cancelled.
The juveniles — three males and two females — were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center. They all have been charged with:
- Possession of a stolen vehicle
- Failure to stop at the command of a police officer
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Possession of marijuana