Two suspects in jail after high-speed chase with police

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Angel Garcia was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase. Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George / Cedar City News
Angel Garcia was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase. Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY – Two suspects are in jail Friday after they allegedly threw a bag of marijuana out the window of their vehicle while leading police on a high-speed chase down the interstate the night before.

Cedar City residents Angel Garcia and Melissa Marie Hattabaugh-Bugg were booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility early Friday morning on multiple charges.

Cedar City Police attempted to pull Garcia over at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for a routine traffic stop near the block of 1000 W. 200 North. Garcia would not stop and instead kept driving, ultimately entering Interstate-15.

Once on the interstate, Garcia allegedly led police on a high-speed chase. The vehicle, heading south, topped out at 100 miles per hour, Sgt. Jerry Womack said.

At around milepost 45, the vehicle made a U-turn through the median and began traveling north toward Cedar City again but not before the suspects rid their vehicle of a bag of marijuana, authorities said.

Law enforcement agents searched for several hours near milepost 57 where they reportedly saw the bag thrown out the window.

Melissa Marie Hattabaugh-Bugg was one of two suspects booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility after allegedly throwing a bag of marijuana out a vehicle window during a high-speed chase with police. Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George / Cedar City News
Melissa Marie Hattabaugh-Bugg was one of two suspects booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility after allegedly throwing a bag of marijuana out a vehicle window during a high-speed chase with police. Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George / Cedar City News

Womack was unsure of the exact time police finally located the bag.

Garcia pulled his vehicle over at milepost 50, which allowed police to conduct a felony stop.

Garcia faces a third-degree felony for possession of drugs between 1 to 100 pounds with intent to distribute and three Class B misdemeanors for reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without insurance.

Hattabaugh-Bugg is facing a class B misdemeanor for possession of drugs under 1 ounce.

In addition, both suspects are looking at charges for tampering with evidence. a Class A misdemeanor.

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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2 Comments

  • .... December 3, 2016 at 9:47 am

    They had to get rid of the meth. !

  • ladybugavenger December 3, 2016 at 10:39 am

    There wouldnt have been a pursuit and lives at risk if pot was legal.

    However, it looks like they did the meth and ate the baggy while fleeing from officers. And meth should never be legal! Bad wicked stuff, real evil.

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