CACHE COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 9, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Cache County officials have arrested a suspect in the Saturday morning theft of a vehicle and subsequent pursuit in which the suspect crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot.
Thirty-five-year-old Beau Nopens was arrested later Saturday after employees at Pepperidge Farms in Richmond reported a suspicious person at the business, a news release from Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said.
According to the news release, at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, a black, extended-cab pickup truck was stolen out of Wellsville.
“Cache County Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 23 and SR 30,” the news release says. “A lengthy pursuit began, covering the entire north end of the county, ending with the suspect crashing the vehicle in the Cove area.”
The suspect, later identified as Nopens, then fled on foot and tried to get into a home in the area.
Canine units responding to the scene spotted the suspect and pursued him. One of the canines bit a deputy during the pursuit, and the suspect was able to evade the officers.
Deputies stayed on scene as they continued to investigate, and the deputy who was bitten was treated at the hospital and released.
When investigators responded to the report of a suspicious person at Pepperidge Farms, they found Nopens.
Nopens had an outstanding warrant on unrelated charges and was arrested at the scene.
“Later through interviews and other evidence, he was arrested and will be booked into the Cache County Jail for the incident today involving the stolen truck and high speed chase,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Nopens is currently facing charges of:
- Theft of a motor vehicle
- Felony evasion
- Driving on suspension
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
He is being held on a $20,280 bond.
The investigation is still underway, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.