Woman charged with child abuse for taking police on a chase with 4 kids in her car

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MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 26-year-old woman was arrested after taking police on a chase through Midvale with four young children in her car. 

According to arresting documents, Evelyne Rosalee Banta was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday on four third-degree felony counts of child abuse, one third-degree felony failure to stop for officers and four misdemeanor charges including driving on a suspended license, operating a vehicle without insurance, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. 

Documents state a Unified Police Department officer attempted to pull over a vehicle near 700 East 7200 South for not having insurance. The officer said he could tell the car was being driven by a female with a male occupant and 3-4 children inside.

Instead of pulling over, Banta quickly made a right hand turn onto 7200 South and sped up as she traveled west. The officer said Banta then went through the intersection on a red light which almost caused a traffic accident with several cars, documents state.

Banta continued along 7200 South at a high rate of speed and attempted to pull into a side street but was unable to make the right turn and skidded to a stop to avoid going off the road and hitting a house, according to arresting documents.

Banta returned to 7200 South and almost ran head-on into assisting officers. She then attempted to go into a side street, but it was a dead end. Banta almost went head-on into an assisting officer as she exited the dead end.

Documents further state Banta again returned to 7200 South while cutting off other cars. As she approached officers near 7500 South and State Street, she drove onto the shoulder and then off the road before officers were able to stop her. 

Inside of Banta’s vehicle were her four children ranging in age from one to nine years old as well as an adult male.

The male told police he was trying to get her to stop for police and believed she was going to crash, documents state.

During an interview with police, Banta said she was aware the officer was trying to pull her over but feared she would be in trouble for driving on a suspended driver’s license and not having insurance.

Banta did have a suspended California Driver’s License and has never had a Utah Driver’s License.

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