Man arrested after trying to escape police in stolen car

WASHINGTON CITY – A Washington City man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly evading police in a stolen vehicle.

Shortly before 4 a.m., Washington City Police officers located a vehicle listed as stolen out of California, according to a probable cause statement by Washington City Police Officer J. Carter. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver refused to stop.

Jonathan Woodcock, Washington County, Utah, Oct. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington City Police, St. George News
Jonathan Woodcock, of Washington, Utah, Oct. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s bookings, St. George News

The incident originated in the area of Scenic North Drive, according to a statement released by WCPD Public Information Officer Ed Kantor.

The vehicle left the area and was soon after located by officers near Exit 13 of Interstate 15.

“The vehicle had run off the roadway and had been abandoned by the occupants,” Kantor wrote.

Police searched the vehicle and found identification inside that identified a potential suspect, according the probable cause statement. That suspect was later identified as 25-year-old Jonathon Woodcock, of Washington City.

Later in the day, officers encountered Woodcock who was on foot in the area and he appeared to match the description of the suspect who had abandoned the stolen vehicle.

Woodcock was detained by police and taken to the police station where he was given his Miranda Rights and interviewed, Carter wrote. He was questioned about the identification and other items found in the car. Woodcock allegedly admitted to “being with the stolen vehicle.”

Woodcock was subsequently arrested and charged with a second-degree felony for possession of a stolen vehicle; a third-degree felony for failing to stop at an officer’s command; and three misdemeanor counts related to reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, and giving police a false identity.

Woodcock was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. His bail has been set at $16,530, according to booking information.

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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  • Nixon_Youth October 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Uhhhhh huh huh….. Woodcock

  • groanattack October 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Beware the SCUM that live amongst you.

  • Mary October 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

    25-year-old Jonathon Woodcock may want to consider a life style change ,
    He already looks 35 .

    Time to clean up your act dude !

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