Hurricane Police: Suspect in sex assault of juvenile eludes officers, vehicle found in river

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HURRICANE, Utah, May 31, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Hurricane Police responded Friday morning to a report of a sexual offense involving a man and a juvenile female.

A news release from Hurricane Police Department said the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, so an “attempt to locate” was authorized for the suspect and his vehicle.

Several hours later, the news release states, the vehicle was seen by an officer from another agency, and the officer attempted a traffic stop.

Again the suspect fled.

Police pursued the suspect vehicle on Interstate 15 for several miles with speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour before the pursuit was ended at the Arizona-Utah border.

Hurricane Police Dispatch notified law enforcement in Arizona and Nevada, and Arizona police checked the Virgin River Gorge area, where they found the vehicle upside-down in the river.

According to the news release, officials were able to confirm that the vehicle in the water was the vehicle Hurricane Police had been looking for, but the suspect wasn’t in the vehicle.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.


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