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Officials ID woman suspected in high-speed chase in Tooele County

Wendianne Crystal Howk. Photo: Tooele County

GRANTSVILLE, Utah, March 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a woman booked into the Tooele County Jail after police said Monday that she stole a vehicle, attempted to hit a pedestrian and then fled from officers at dangerously high speeds.

The suspect has been identified as Wendianne Crystal Howk, 24. According to information on the jail website, she was booked on suspicion of:

  • Aggravated assault — attempted unlawful force
  • Theft — wrongful appropriation
  • Evading — not responding to officer
  • Unauthorized control of a vehicle
  • Paraphernalia possession
  • Driving on a revoked/suspected licences
  • Stop sign failure to yield
  • DUI

Howk also was wanted on three out of state warrants.

The chain of events began at about 1:45 p.m. Monday, when the Grantsville City Police Department was notified of a stolen vehicle that tried to hit a pedestrian near the Walmart Distribution Center. The vehicle had left the scene.

It was spotted on Ellerbeck Road near Interstate 80, a news release from Grantsville City PD said.

The female driver couldn’t maintain her lane and was driving recklessly.  She fled when officers attempted to stop the vehicle.

Driving wildly at speeds of more than 120 miles an hour, she nearly caused several wrecks, and officers determined that she was “an immediate risk to public safety,” the release states.

With assistance from the Utah Highway Patrol and Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, a Grantsville officer conducted a PIT maneuver to bring the vehicle to a stop before it could get onto I-80 at Exit 84. The vehicle was disabled on the on ramp.

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