ST. GEORGE – A high speed chase originating in Nevada, proceeding through Arizona via the gorge and into Utah was terminated by Utah Highway Patrol and Arizona Department of Public Safety at milepost 6 of Interstate 15 in St. George this morning.
“We got a call from a reporting party into our dispatch center at 6:05 a.m. reporting the BMW reckless on northbound I-15,” Trooper Jeremie Elliott with Nevada Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Division said. “We had a trooper just north of the location, at mile marker 109.” Elliott said that was the reason for the ATL, or attempting to locate, directive.
Elliott said the Nevada trooper clocked the black BMW going 140 mph at 6:15 a.m., and the pursuit ensued.
“Nevada Highway Patrol started the pursuit which came into Arizona,” Arizona Department of Public Safety Media Relations Manager Bart Graves said. “We tried to spike it, the vehicle kept going, went into Utah where their highway patrol stopped it.”
Utah Highway Patrol public information officer Cpl. Todd Johnson said UHP was first notified around 7:26 a.m.
The pursuit started in Nevada he said, was picked up by Arizona Department of Public Safety through the Arizona Strip and Utah Highway Patrol successfully spiked the vehicle at Utah’s milepost 2, pulling it over at milepost 6.
“At mile post 2 in Utah, UHP Troopers set up road spikes at the Exit 2 structure,” Johnson’s media release later stated. “From a position of cover, the two troopers successfully spiked all four tires on the suspect vehicle.”
Arizona DPS continued to remain as primary and secondary units as the pursuit continued north into Utah, with UHP following some distance behind the two Arizona Units and providing 800 MHz communication to Cedar Dispatch and the other allied agencies that were covering all of the exits on northbound I-15.
Johnson originally said two males were reportedly taken into custody in Utah just after 8 a.m. However, on scene, St. George News reporter observed what appeared to be one male with dreadlocks and one female (Ed. Note) taken into custody. Johnson later confirmed the arrests of one male, driver Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and one female passenger, Hann Raelle McDonald, no age specified. According to his media statement:
“At (milepost 6), all four tires had deflated on the suspect vehicle which caused the BMW to significantly slow down and eventually stop. AZDPS Officers initiated a felony stop. When the male driver of the BMW attempted to flee on foot, he was subdued by AZDPS. A UHP Trooper arrived on scene and took a female passenger into custody without incident.”
The vehicle involved was a black BMW 750 Li with California plates. At 9:03 a.m. the BMW was loaded on a wrecker tow-truck and being removed from the scene.
A “Louis Vuitton” looking bag was removed from the vehicle, listed on paperwork by the UHP officers and put into one of the UHP trooper vehicles.
“During an inventory of the vehicle methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the vehicle,” Johnson’s media report said. Both parties arrested were determined to be under the influence.
Johnson said they will be booked on charges in Utah and Nevada will then have them extradited. Elliott said that since they have been booked in Utah, Nevada will go through its process after Utah has completed its own. He said he is not sure if the driver has charges or warrants, as it started with the citizen alert of reckless driving and ended in Utah.
UHP is handling the investigation and charges associated with both suspects, Johnson said in his report. Arizona DPS and Nevada will follow up with charges in their own states.
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Note: Persons arrested are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
St. George News photojournalist Chris Caldwell contributed to this report.
Ed. Note: One of the suspects arrested on scene was first reported as looking like Janet Jackson. The intent was to indicate the appearance of gender; it has been challenged as an inappropriate description and therefore the description is removed, and the female gender has since been confirmed.
UPDATED 11:45 a.m. per post-report provided by Utah Highway Patrol.
UPDATED 10:43 a.m. per statement of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Division.
UPDATED 10:05 a.m. per statement of Arizona Department of Public Safety.
UPDATED 9:05 a.m. per St. George News reporter on scene.
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