PERRY, Utah, June 11, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man and a woman were arrested Friday after the man made a desperate attempt to flee from troopers and had to be taken into custody at gunpoint.
The incident began at about 10:10 p.m. when Box Elder dispatch got a call about possible drug use in the Perry rest area at milepost 361 on northbound Interstate 15.
Perry Police officers were the first on scene and detained the pair, who were at the rest area parking lot in a 2016 Hyundai with Idaho license plates, according to a news release from Utah Highway Patrol. Two UHP troopers arrived a couple minutes later.
The man gave false information about his identity several times, the release states. The woman in the driver’s seat asked to go to the restroom and was escorted by a female Perry officer.
A trooper was able to identify the man as William Davis, 28, and there was reason to believe there were warrants for his arrest, according to the release.
The troopers asked the man to get out of the Hyundai. He instead rolled up the windows, locked the doors and got into the driver’s seat.
He then drove the car over the curb and onto the grass behind the restrooms and picnic area.
A trooper pursued him in his patrol vehicle, and when Davis tried to turn the car, the trooper used his “push bumper” to shove the Hyundai up against a fence.
The man then got out and jumped a barbed-wire fence, but was followed by the troopers, who “took him down at gun point and secured him in handcuffs,” the news release says.
The woman, identified as 29-year-old Valena Nelson, was taken into custody as soon as Davis fled.
The Hyundai is a rental vehicle registered out of Idaho.
“The male cut his hand on the fence and was checked out by medical. Willard PD is investigating the damage caused during the pursuit to the vehicles,” the release says. “Patrol car only had minor damage to the push bumper only.”
According to the release, both Davis and Nelson showed signs of impairment.