News short: 2 Arizona men arrested after chase through Kane County

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KANE COUNTY – Kane County officers assisted the Arizona Department of Public Safety in pursuing two men through Kane County Wednesday afternoon after the chase left Arizona and entered Utah.

Thomas Lee Wisbey, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, booking photo posted June 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kane County Sheriff's bookings, St. George News
Thomas Lee Wisbey, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, booking photo posted June 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kane County Sheriff’s bookings, St. George News

The chase entered Utah on state Route 89 in Kane County, near Big Water and Page, Arizona, according to a Utah Highway Patrol press release issued Thursday. Reasons for the pursuit were unknown at the time the press release was issued.

The Utah officers were informed the men in the vehicle were possibly armed.

As the pursuit progressed, officers reported that the occupants of the vehicle were throwing items from their vehicle.

Officers pursued the vehicle and were able to spike its tires near mile marker 55, near Johnson Canyon in Kane County.

The two men in the vehicle were noncompliant with officers, the press release said, and were barricaded in their vehicle for a short time.

“However, a coordinated and combined effort by officers from Kane County, Kanab City, Big Water Marshal’s office and UHP were able to safely take the two into custody,” the press release said.

Christopher Paul Lindfors, of Flagstaff, Arizona, booking photo posted June 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kane County Sheriff's bookings, St. George News
Christopher Paul Lindfors, of Flagstaff, Arizona, booking photo posted June 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kane County Sheriff’s bookings, St. George News

Thomas Lee Wisbey, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was arrested on charges of evading and fleeing by vehicle, a third-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor; failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, a class A misdemeanor; damage to a highway or bridge, a class A misdemeanor; reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor; improper lane travel, a class C misdemeanor; speeding/impeding traffic, a class C misdemeanor; littering, a class C misdemeanor; unsafe vehicle, a class C misdemeanor; brakes required, a class C misdemeanor; failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, a class C misdemeanor; and failure to obey a traffic officer, an infraction.

Christopher Paul Lindfors, of Flagstaff, Arizona, was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice/tampering with evidence, a class A misdemeanor; interfering with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor; material on the highway, an infraction; and failure to obey a traffic officer, an infraction.

The Utah State Bureau of Investigation responded and is assisting with the investigation, according to the press 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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1 Comment

  • Bill June 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I was stuck in this for over 2 hours. There were probably 20 emergency vehicles, a helicopter, fire engine and ambulance. Highway 89 was shut down in both directions. A real mess!

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