2 Las Vegas men arrested in Mesquite after allegedly stealing vehicle in St. George

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ST. GEORGE — Two men from Las Vegas, Nevada, were arrested in Mesquite Sunday after allegedly stealing a vehicle in St. George.

Daniel Stricker, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted July 23, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

At midnight Sunday, officers in Mesquite located a vehicle that had just been stolen from the St. George area, the Mesquite Police Department said in a statement.

When the Mesquite police officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver turned onto the Interstate 15 Exit 122 on-ramp and attempted to flee toward Las Vegas, according to the Police Department.

Officers chose not to pursue the vehicle due to the driver’s “unsafe” and “reckless” driving.

“The vehicle was then observed pulling over and stopping on the shoulder of I-15,” police said in the statement. “Shortly after, an officer pulled up behind the vehicle and two male suspects jumped out of the vehicle and began fleeing on foot up an embankment and over a block wall into a business area.”

Officers pursued both suspects on foot and were able to contain them in a specific area. After searching the contained area, officers located both suspects hiding inside some industrial equipment.

Dennis Busch, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted July 23, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Both suspects were subsequently taken into custody.

“Officers then secured a search warrant on the vehicle,” police said. “Inside the vehicle, officers located stolen property from the St. George area, as well as illegal drugs.”

Daniel Stricker, 29, and Dennis Busch, 37, both of Las Vegas, were both arrested on four felony charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance (meth) and evading a peace officer, along with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Due to the felony charges, police said both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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