Police: Man leads police on high-speed chase after attempting to rob car wash

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man is in custody after he led police on a high-speed chase following an attempted robbery at a car wash Tuesday morning.

Dispatch said it received a report at 10:24 a.m. of a suspicious man demanding money at the Tagg N Go car wash. It was reported that the suspect entered a victim’s vehicle and was confronted by a bystander after he was denied the money he demanded.

The suspect then got into a black 1994 Chevrolet truck with Nevada license plates and is said to have accelerated and narrowly missed a female who was standing in the area.

The suspect hit the curb going the wrong way at the entrance of the car wash and hit and damaged an entrance gate, according to police. They said the suspect proceeded to enter Main Street nearly causing crashes as he drove into oncoming traffic.

The bystander and several others called 911 until police intercepted the suspect near 600 South Main Street.

Cedar City police tried to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to respond to lights and sirens. The suspect reportedly continued northbound on Main Street at normal speed for several blocks before making a sharp turn into a post office where officers attempted to block the exits.

To evade police, the suspect drove over the grass and entered Main Street again going southbound still refusing to stop for police.

He then went westbound on 200 North increasing his speed and quickly turned on northbound I-15 where he accelerated to higher rates of speed, going over 90 MPH on I-15.

Iron County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol joined to assist with blocking ramps to keep the suspect out of the city and set-up spike strips, according to police.

The pursuit continued northbound on I-15, according to police, and the suspect hit a couple of sets of spike strips causing the tires to deflate.

The suspect reportedly drove erratically swerving back and forth across both lanes and finally pulled over at mile marker 78 where he was safely taken into custody.

There were no injuries reported and police said the suspect exhibited signs of impairment.

The suspect was taken to Cedar City Hospital for medical clearance before he was booked in the Iron County Jail on multiple charges.

Police are looking for anyone that might have been involved or observed the incident at the Tagg N Go,  and ask that they come forward to fill out a witness statement referencing case # C19-01693.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

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