High-speed chase in stolen car ends with suspect crashing into police vehicle

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A 32-year-old Bluffdale man was arrested early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase through three Washington County towns culminated in the man crashing into a responding Hurricane City Police officer’s patrol truck.

A deputy noticed a man, later identified as Michael Ryan Dalby, speeding through Toquerville in a 2014 Dodge Charger about 4:30 a.m, Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Shauna Jones said. The deputy gave chase and the Charger sped away, reaching speeds of around 100 mph.

Michael Ryan Dalby, of Bluffdale, Utah, booking photo posted on Aug. 2, 205 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Michael Ryan Dalby, of Bluffdale, Utah, booking photo posted on Aug. 2, 205 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The Charger sped through Toquerville, LaVerkin and Hurricane, Jones said, running stop signs and lights and driving recklessly.

A Hurricane City Police officer was searching the area for the Charger when Dalby came speeding through the 100 South and Main Street intersection in Hurricane and collided with the officer’s Ford F-150 police truck, Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said, adding that the crash caused major damage to the police truck.

“It just happened to be that he was coming through the intersection at the time,” Buell said, “and the suspect was coming through the intersection as well. He struck the vehicle, it was a pretty hard impact, we’re very fortunate that our officer was not substantially injured.”

The Charger Dalby was driving was determined to have been stolen out of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jones said.

Dalby was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with personal injury, reckless driving and evading arrest by fleeing in a vehicle, along with various drug-related charges and probation violations.

Dalby was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for medical clearance before being booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Hurricane City Police officer was also transported to the hospital to be checked out for his injuries and was subsequently released.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • beentheredonethat August 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Radio traffic: uh….I’m looking for the Charger. Uh….duh …..I found it. Can somebody pick me up?

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