2 taken into custody after pursuit at I-15 rest stop

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PERRY, Utah (News4Utah) – Two people were taken into custody after a wild chase at rest area along Interstate 15.

It happened Friday just after midnight at the Perry Rest area off I-15.

Box Elder dispatch took a call reporting possible drug use by a man and a woman sitting in a car at the rest stop near mile marker 361.

Perry police responded and detained the man and woman until Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrived. Troopers said the male passenger was elusive with officers and lied about his identity.

The female driver asked to use the restroom and was escorted by a female Perry police officer.

When troopers determined the man was William Davis, 28, and he possibly had warrants for his arrest, they asked him to get out of the car.

Instead, troopers said, he rolled up the windows, locked the doors and climbed into the driver seat. Troopers say Davis took off, driving the car up over the curb on onto the crash behind the restrooms.

A trooper followed in his patrol SUV and used the bumper to push the car up against a fence.

The driver got out of the car, jumped a barbed wire fence and tried to run, but eventually, troopers took him down at gunpoint and arrested him.

The woman was identified as Valena, Nelson, 29. Investigators said she and Davis showed signs of impairment. Police are investigating the damage caused to the rest area during the pursuit.

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