Sheriff’s deputy spots stolen car, leads to arrest by UHP

ST. GEORGE — Utah Highway Patrol arrested a man on Interstate 15 in St. George Wednesday night after a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office spotted a car that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier that evening.

Ren Nicholas Briskey, 28, was arrested just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday after the sheriff’s deputy notified UHP that a vehicle matching the description given in the attempt to locate alert was traveling southbound on I-15 near Pintura.

According to the probable cause statement filed in connection with the arrest, Trooper Grant Hintze intercepted the vehicle as it passed through St. George. He stopped the driver and confirmed that it was, in fact, the same vehicle that had been reported stolen.

“A search of the stolen vehicle yielded a female’s purse with cash, eight credit cards, a Utah driver’s license, a pill bottle of Clonazepam,” Hintze said in the statement.

Troopers also discovered that Briskey was driving on a revoked license for an alcohol offense. He was booked into Washington County Jail last night and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony, seven felony charges of unlawful possession of a credit card, one felony charge of unlawful use of a credit card, and several other misdemeanors, including driving on a revoked license and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

Bail for Briskey has been set at $52,526 for the combined charges.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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