HURRICANE – A Cedar City man was arrested Wednesday after attempting to flee from police responding to a suspicious activity call.
A call was made to police concerning a man who was allegedly acting suspicious in the area of 400 South and 110 West, Hurricane City Police Officer Kacen Gubler said in a probable cause statement supporting his arrest. Around 1 a.m., an individual reported seeing a man knocking on the doors of multiple trailers at the Roberts Roost mobile home park before getting into a car and leaving.
Gubler was in the area and observed a car matching the caller’s description, leaving the mobile home park without using a signal. Gubler, who hadn’t turned his lights on yet, did a U-turn which was evidently observed by the man in the other car.
“I heard an audible sound of the motor revving and the vehicle quickly gained speed,” Gubler said in the report.
The suspect car proceeded to travel “at a high rate of speed” and ran through a stop sign at 100 West and 300 South. At this point Gubler switched on his patrol cars lights and sirens and pursued the suspect car. They passed through a series of neighbors at high speed and eventually got on to state Route 59 before the driver pulled over around milepost 20 and abandoned the car.
Gubler didn’t see anyone in the car as he approached, but did see a man about 50-yards away trying to jump a barbed wire fence. Police detained the man who was identified as 33-year-old Ricky Haws, of Cedar City.
According to the probable cause statement, Haws allegedly told police he was with others who had jumped the fence. He also said he wasn’t driving the car or knocking on the doors at the trailer park, but that it was another man whose name he didn’t know.
A preliminary investigation determined Haws was the only person involved in the incident.
Haws was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on a class B misdemeanor charge for reckless driving, and a third-degree felony for failing to respond to a police officer’s command to stop. Bail was set at $5,680, and has since been posted according to court documents.
Area police departments continually encourage people to keep their doors locked and to report potentially suspicious behavior as a means to help prevent crime.
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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