SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man was arrested after police on a chase in a semi-truck through Summit County and down I-80 on Saturday.
Summit County Dispatch said they received five separate calls regarding a reckless semi truck driving in the Snyderville Basin area. Witnesses said the truck was reported to be weaving all over the road and ran a stop sign.
A deputy was able to locate the semi truck near the intersection of Old Ranch Rd and Trailside Dr.
“I pulled behind the semi, activated my overhead lights and the semi pulled to the right side of the road and stopped on Old Ranch Rd,” said the deputy. “As I was approaching the passenger side of the trailer the semi started to drive way.”
The deputy began pursuing the semi and observed the driver running a stop sign, driving over both lanes of travel and swerved into oncoming traffic numerous times, forcing multiple drivers to pull of the road into the snow bank.
The pursuit continued, again forcing multiple vehicles to pull of the road to avoid being struck.
The driver ran a total of four stop signs and sped well over the speed limit before entering I-80 Westbound at Jeremy Ranch.
“Once on the freeway the semi swerved across all four lanes of traffic multiple times,” said the deputy. “As another deputy attempted to pass the semi in the number one lane, the semi swerved towards the deputy’s vehicle, nearly striking him and forcing him off the roadway.”
A short time later the semi came to a stop near mile marker 140.
The driver, identified as Dustin Cullom, was the only occupant in the vehicle. Cullom told the deputy he had seen the emergency lights and fled because people would kill him, his family and the deputy if he stopped.
Cullom was arrested and booked on the charges of third-degree felony failure to respond to an officers signal and aggravated assault as well as misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving. It is not known if impairment is being considered a factor.