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February 13, 2014
Casino robbery leads police in high-speed chase into Salt Lake

A high-speed chase ripped through Tooele County Thursday morning before the suspects were arrested near Riverton.

According to the West Wendover Police Department, a robbery at the Montego Bay Casino was reported at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said they saw a man wearing a mask or paint on his face jump the counter at a cashier’s cage, grab a cash box and run out of the casino.

The suspect, believed to be armed, was then reported to have fled in a car heading east on Interstate 80 into Utah, according to police.

In Tooele County, a trooper near the eastern Grantsville exit spotted the vehicle a little after midnight, said Lt. Corey Nye of the Utah Highway Patrol.

“We had a trooper working I-80, spotted the vehicle in question and coordinated with officers from Grantsville [Police Department] and Tooele County [Sheriff’s Office] to stop the vehicle,” Nye said. “He fled.”

The chase continued eastbound at 125 mph, with a brief detour at the Lake Point exit when the car circled off of the freeway and back on again. Spikes deployed on the freeway near the Lake Point exit were avoided by the driver, Nye said.

In Salt Lake County, UHP troopers stationed there joined in on the chase, still going over 120 mph, and set up more spikes near Wright Brothers Drive. But the driver eluded those as well.

“The suspect passed through that area before the trooper had finished setting them out,” said Nye.

The pursuit veered onto Bangerter Road, where one suspect jumped out of the car, and was later apprehended by police.

The vehicle continued south on Bangerter, drawing in officers from the Unified Police Department and other agencies as the chase passed through their jurisdictions, Nye said. The chase was temporarily called off as the vehicle continued driving at high speeds and ran several red lights, but was picked up again farther south on Bangerter.

The car turned onto 134000 South, which ultimately ended the chase, said Nye.

“Going at a high rate of speed and not being familiar with the area, they made a right hand turn on 134[000] South and headed westbound, and in that area, that’s a dead end,” he said. “That individual decided the road no longer mattered and went up and over [the dead end] and ended up in a farmer’s field.”

The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended by officers from Unified Police Department. The suspect was later transported to the Tooele County Detention Center, Nye said, but declined to release the names of the suspects involved, citing an open investigation.

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