KEARNS, Utah (ABC4 News) – A wanted and dangerous fugitive, who has a history of running from the police, has been taken into custody after driving the wrong way on I-15 then crashing at a market in Taylorsville.
According to Sgt. Melody Gray, Unified Police Department, 33-year-old Brock Fenstermaker was taken into custody after making another attempt at fleeing from officers. This time, however, after a pursuit that took the officers through several cities, Fenstermaker was finally in custody.
It all started when police received word that Fenstermaker was in Kearns and driving an Isuzu Rodeo near 5400 South 4000 West. Detectives set up in the area and after spotting the car, a felony stop was initiated. But just as officers anticipated, Fenstermaker was not going to go easily.
Fenstermaker fled the scene and detectives along with a DPS Helicopter, followed. The suspect went into West Jordan and then managed to make his way to I-15 where he entered the southbound freeway headed north. At that time, police stopped their pursuit but the helicopter continued to follow him.
Making his way to Taylorsville, Fenstermaker pulled into the Fresh Market on 4700 South Redwood Road, just east of the I-215 freeway. He crashed into a cement pillar then got out and attempted to run into the store but it was closed.
Officers were able to take him into custody.
Several agencies were involved in apprehending Fenstermaker including West Jordan Police, Unified Police, Utah Highway Patrol, South Jordan Police and the Metro Gang Unit.
In October, 2018, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped Fenstermaker for speeding on I-15 in Salt Lake County. When the officer approached him and notified him of his outstanding warrants, Fenstermaker told the trooper he didn’t care and he wasn’t going to jail and took off in the vehicle. Due to the traffic flow of the time, the trooper opted to not chase him.
Fenstermaker had also fled from officers on Jan 3 after police responded to his girlfriends house in Clearfield.
Fenstermaker was observed sitting in a F150 truck that had been backed up in the driveway of the home. When the officer approached him, Fenstermaker drove at the officer as he drove away, forcing the officer, who said he feared for his life, to jump out of the path of the truck.
Police were unable to follow him as he fled the area.
A records search of Fenstermaker shows a long criminal history of misdemeanor and felony offenses.
He was booked into the Davis County Jail on felony warrants of aggravated assault by a prisoner, three separate incidents of failure to stop at the command of an officer fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and retail theft.
New charges will be screened by the District Attorney.