Suspects in theft incident lead police on high-speed chase in Washington County

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A suspect in a vehicle and firearm theft incident out of Ogden was found in Washington County. 

The suspect was said to have additional weapons in the form of knives stolen from a home and he was possibly heading to Las Vegas. 

The vehicle was located by a Washington County Sherriff’s sergeant who said he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on southbound Interstate 15.

The suspect stopped but as the sergeant gave verbal instructions using the public address (PA) system, police said the suspect fled from the scene. 

The sergeant chased the suspect but stopped the high-speed chase when he lost sight of the vehicle, according to police. 

Agencies from surrounding areas including Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mojave County Sheriff’s Department and Mesquite Police Departments were notified about the incident.

The vehicle was later found unoccupied in a St. George Community near exit 2, and officers with the St. George Police Department said they saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the area and heading toward the St. George airport. 

A deputy from Washington County also said he found a suspicious vehicle heading eastbound on State Route -7 and tried to conduct a traffic stop as well but the vehicle attempted to evade pursuing deputies. 

After a high-speed chase on SR-7, Hurricane City officers said they deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle. 

The spike deployment was successful and the vehicle was stopped near Sand Hollow in Hurricane. With the help of Washington County, K-9 law enforcement took in four individuals into custody for various charges.  

The charges included evading by vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, weapons offense, drug possession, paraphernalia, and a warrant. 

Officials said Lamalsikou Lowe, Cameron Patterson, Tajha Avery, and Michael Thomas were transported and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility without incident. 


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