Traffic stop by Santa Clara-Ivins Police results in a dozen felony charges for Pleasant Grove couple

Santa Clara-Ivins Police vehicle, location unspecified, July 11, 2018 | File photo courtesy of the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A couple from northern Utah was arrested and charged with a dozen felonies and other charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of previous warrants and a subsequent search of their vehicle uncovered a large quantity of drugs, a loaded handgun with extra ammunition, credit cards and fake identifications.

L to R: Alyxanne Pack, 24, of Pleasant Grove; Jonathan Pack, 44, of Pleasant Grove booking photos, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 28, 2018 | Photos courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Jonathan Pack, 44, and Alyxanne Pack, 24, both of Pleasant Grove, were arrested early Friday morning after catching the attention of a Santa Clara/Ivins Police officer who stopped the couple’s Land Rover Range Rover on Old Highway 91 late Thursday.

After pulling over the SUV, the officer discovered that the driver, later identified as Alyxanne Peck, did not have a valid driver’s license, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Sgt. Jaron Studley said. The passenger, Jonathan Pack, refused to provide his name initially and then denied being the registered owner of the vehicle when questioned by police.

He then gave the officer a false name along with driver’s license that turned out to be fake, Studley said, prompting the officer to run a warrant check on both individuals as additional officers began responding to the scene to assist.

The warrant check on Alyxanne Pack was returned showing several warrants, one of which was a $20,000 warrant out of West Jordan, as well as two warrants totaling $5,000 out of American Fork.

The officer also ran the vehicle registration that listed Jonathan Pack as the owner, and once a photo was received, the officer confirmed that the passenger was in fact Jonathan Pack. He was later taken into custody for providing false information to the officer and for two outstanding warrants – one out of West Jordan and another out of American Fork that totaled $7,500.

With the pair in custody, officers began taking inventory of the vehicle before it was impounded. During the search they located a backpack that contained “a large quantity of methamphetamine,” Studley said, as well as scales and a Kel-Tec 9 mm handgun with a loaded magazine and a box of ammunition.

That firearm was within reach of both the driver and the passenger when they were stopped,” Studley said, adding that since it was common property, both were charged for the gun.

Police say they also found several credit cards in various names, none of which belonged to the couple, along with forged identification documents in other individuals’ names that were used to obtain credit cards.

Studley said the couple is from Utah County and appear to have been “on some sort of a binge where they are doing credit card fraud and running from warrants.” He added that both individuals have several cases and charges pending from up north, but the criminal history they discovered on Jonathan Pack was “extensive,” including charges and convictions for crimes similar to the charges filed in Washington County.

Jonathan Pack’s criminal history extends to multiple counties across Utah and spans several years, including multiple charges of theft by deception, forgery, theft and drug possession. Alyxanne Pack’s criminal history includes six cases in American Fork and West Jordan since May, including multiple charges of unlawful acquisition of financial cards, theft and drug offenses.

Jonathan Pack was charged Friday with three second-degree felonies, including possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possessing or transferring a false identification document and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. He was also charged with four third-degree felony offenses that include possession of a controlled substance and three counts of unlawful acquisition of a financial card without consent, along with two misdemeanor charges for providing false information to impersonate another actual individual and possession of paraphernalia.

Alyxanne Pack was charged with second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, as well as four third-degree felony charges, including possession of a firearm by a restricted person and three counts of unlawful acquisition of a financial card without consent, along with two misdemeanor charges for providing false information to impersonate another actual individual and possession of paraphernalia.

The couple was arraigned Friday afternoon in Fifth District Court. Bail has been set at $30,000 each.

They are scheduled to appear Thursday in Fifth District Court and remain in custody as this report publishes.

This report is based on statements from police or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. 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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9 Comments

  • iceplant December 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Oh boy. This cute couple will be going away for a very long time. Nice grab, officers!

  • Carpe Diem December 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Great catch, but will they be out next week? Too many stories of catch and release, and that goes for nationwide too. The 17 yo kid shot in the Camaro in Winter HAven FL already had four felony convictions, but was out stealing a car and had a stolen gun. How do you get out right away with 4 felonies. SMH

    • Carpe Diem December 30, 2018 at 7:22 am

      There ya go, case in point. A switchpoint transient sentenced to a year in jail…. let out on probation with a $3,200 fine and restitution… goes and murders a 3 yo child in Boise. Good grief.

  • vickbill December 30, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Why give them bail if they have jumped bail already? If they are let out they are going to run again.

    • iceplant December 30, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      The judge, by law, has to set bail. That doesn’t mean these two will be out any time soon.
      Their priors and warrants will have them both travelling North to face the music after they’ve gone through the legal process here in Washington Co. Now that the system has them, they will remain in the system for a long time. Bailing out isn’t going to happen unless they have friends with very deep pockets or connections to people within the justice system.

      • KR567 December 31, 2018 at 6:26 am

        LOL…whatever you say Matlock. !

  • Comment December 31, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Don’t know what the fix is for these crackhead methers…

    • Carpe Diem December 31, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      A couple years in the pokey should clean them up. Or inspire them to commit bigger, bolder crimes. I think the guy, at least, is a dead ender.

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