Speeding motorcyclist flees traffic stop in West Valley, doesn’t notice helicopter overhead

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Sept. 15, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 20-year-old man is in custody early Saturday morning after leading officers from multiple agencies on a meandering pursuit around the Salt Lake Valley.

An officer was at 4700 South and 5600 West when he observed a motorcycle heading north at high speed, West Valley City Police Sgt. Sean McCarthy told Gephardt Daily.

The officer put out a call to watch for the motorcycle, and when another officer spotted it stopped for a red light, he attempted to make a traffic stop. The motorcyclist sped away.

A Unified Police officer caught sight of the bike at 4000 South and 3600 West, McCarthy said, but knowing that a helicopter was available, the UPD officer followed at a distance while the chopper tracked the suspect from above.

The incident began at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, McCarthy said, and ended about an hour later, after the suspect ran out of gas and was found hiding behind a sound wall on Interstate 80.

“He just kept driving around, circling around. He told the officers he finally heard the helicopter at the end, as he ran out of fuel,” McCarthy said.

When police interviewed the young man after his arrest, he told officers the reason he didn’t want to stop was that he was driving on a suspended license.


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