Troopers: Team effort brings in parolee driving stolen car

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah) – Multiple agencies were involved in the arrest of a man who police say was out on parole and caught driving a stolen vehicle.

Utah Highway Patrol said it all started Friday when an off-duty Salt Lake City police officer spotted a stolen vehicle on Interstate 15 near 9000 South.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect fled and took the 10600 South exit. The officer began to pursue the stolen vehicle.

The stolen vehicle went westbound on 10600 South and then turned north on Jordan Parkway, driving into oncoming traffic.

The Salt Lake City officer terminated the chase and a Sandy police officer attempted to stop the stolen vehicle a short distance later.

The driver fled again and struck a construction sign. The Sandy officer terminated when the driver again went into oncoming traffic. A Department of Public Safety helicopter was on its way to the hanger from a search and rescue mission in Juab County and began to support the pursuit.

The stolen vehicle’s driver turned east onto 9000 South, reentered I-15, and came upon congestion in the area. He jumped out of the car while on the freeway and fled on foot over the barricade on the right shoulder, trying to hide in some bushes.

 A UHP trooper arrived in the area and found the abandoned stolen car rolling down the right travel lane. He was able to put the car in park and then set up for containment as the helicopter flew overhead.

The helicopter was able to use the audio system to instruct the driver to exit the bushes and he was taken into custody by South Jordan police.

UHP took the lead investigative role and is working with the State Bureau of Investigation to determine the exact sequence of events. In addition to the stolen vehicle, troopers have also recovered stolen credit cards and IDs, as well as drugs and paraphernalia.

The driver has been identified as Adam Gunther, 25, of Manga who was out on parole. Adult Probation and Parole agents also responded to help with the situation.  

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