BEAVER COUNTY – Two people were arrested Thursday following a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 in Beaver County that involved two stolen vehicles.
The two suspects involved, a juvenile male and 18-year-old Jose Thomas Erives, of Rigby, Idaho, are accused of stealing a Cadillac Escalade from a business parking lot in Beaver Thursday morning.
According to a news release from the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office, the Escalade’s owner had parked the vehicle at his place of business and gone inside. A short time later, he saw a green Ford F-150 pickup truck pull up beside the Escalade. He then watched as a young male got out of the Ford and into the Escalade and proceeded to drive away, with the Ford following close behind. According to a Fox 13 news report, the Sheriff’s Office believes the keys to the Escalade had been left inside the vehicle.
The Cadillac’s owner reported the incident to the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office.
Both vehicles were soon spotted at Exit 109 on I-15 heading southbound. A Beaver County Sheriff’s deputy caught up to the Escalade around milepost 109 and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The driver refused to stop, and a high-speed chase ensued.
The sheriff’s deputy was joined in the pursuit by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper, who unsuccessfully attempted to spike the Escalade’s tires at milepost 95. A second attempt was made at milepost 77 near Parowan and was successful, catching and deflating the tires. The driver of the Escalade stopped at milepost 74 soon after and was taken into custody without incident.
The green Ford F-150 was seen passing by the Escalade and was quickly pulled over at around milepost 73. The driver of the truck, identified later as Erives, was also taken into custody. It was later determined that the Ford Erives was driving had been stolen, as well.
The juvenile was taken to the Iron County Detention Center while Erives was booked into the Beaver County Correctional Facility. He faces two second-degree felony counts for possession of a stolen vehicle and theft of a vehicle, as well as two class B misdemeanors for drug possession and drug paraphernalia, according to booking information attached to the news release.
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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