Suspect arrested after high-speed pursuit through West Valley City

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Aug. 2, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect is in custody Sunday night after leading police on a high-speed chase through West Valley City and attempting to ram an officer’s vehicle.

The suspect, 24-year-old Rafael Robles-Sanchez, of Kearns, was first spotted by Unified Police officers and fled when they tried to pull him over. They did not pursue him.

Robles-Sanchez was then seen in West Valley City, and officers there attempted to spike his vehicle, but he again fled, WVCPD Lt. Shane Matheson said.

West Valley City police initiated a pursuit, and Robles-Sanchez tried to ram the officer’s vehicle before driving through the city from Bangerter Highway to Highway 201 and back to Bangerter at speeds between 75 and 110 mph, at which point officers terminated the pursuit.

They were able to lay spikes, though, which deflated the vehicle’s tires, and Robles-Sanchez crashed the vehicle and took off on foot. He was apprehended a short while later.

Matheson said Robles-Sanchez was wanted on warrants. He also will be charged with fleeing and aggravated assault.


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