Man leads police on chase through downtown Cedar City, onto I-15

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CEDAR CITY — A California man was arrested after he led police on a high-speed chase that went from Cedar City to Parowan along Interstate 15 late Tuesday morning.

The incident apparently began with a confrontation that happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. at the Tagg-N-Go Car Wash located at 1160 S. Main St., Cedar City Police Sgt. Clint Pollock told Cedar City News.

“At 10:24 AM, Cedar Communications received a report of a suspicious male demanding money at the Tagg-N-Go car wash,” stated a news release sent by Pollock to area media outlets Tuesday afternoon. “The suspect was denied money, so he entered a victim’s vehicle and was confronted by a bystander.”

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Richard Anthony Cubillo Callahan, then got into a black 1994 Chevrolet truck with a Nevada license plate and accelerated, narrowly missing a female bystander, according to police.

“The suspect hit the curb going the wrong way at the entrance to the car wash and struck an entrance gate, causing damage,” the news release stated. “The suspect entered Main Street nearly causing crashes and drove into oncoming traffic. The bystander and several others called 911 until police intercepted the suspect in the area of 600 S. Main Street.”

Callahan reportedly failed to respond to the lights and sirens of the pursuing officers’ vehicles and instead continued northbound on Main Street for several blocks before turning left at the post office, where officers had attempted to block the exits and side streets. At that point, he reportedly drove over the grass and went back south on Main Street before turning right and heading west along 200 North until reaching the I-15 northbound entrance ramp at Exit 59.

Once on the interstate, Callahan reportedly accelerated to speeds of more than 90 mph as he headed north toward Parowan, nearly 20 miles away.

The Cedar City Police officers in pursuit were assisted by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol, who helped block ramps to keep the suspect from exiting back onto city streets. Spike strips were also deployed, which deflated the suspect vehicle’s tires when it ran over them, police said, noting that the suspect was “driving erratically swerving back and forth across both lanes.”

“The suspect finally gave up and pulled over at mile marker 78 where he was safely taken into custody,” the police statement said.

Booking photo of Richard Anthony Cubillo Callahan, Cedar City, Utah, May 14, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News / Cedar City News

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

Callahan reportedly showed signs of impairment at the time he was taken into custody. He was transported to Cedar City Hospital for a medical clearance before he was booked in the Iron County Jail on suspicion of approximately a dozen charges, the most serious of which were felony counts of aggravated assault, failure to stop on command and being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Cedar City Police are seeking information from witnesses who might have been involved or observed the incident to please call 435-586-2956 or come in to the police station at 10 N. Main St. and fill out a witness statement. The reference case number is C19-01693.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency 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.

Updated May 15, 7 a.m. to include a booking photo of Richard Anthony Cubillo Callahan, courtesy of Iron County Jail bookings website.

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