Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Tooele County Sheriff's deputies took man into custody after he landed a car in a pond of water near Interstate 80 in Lake Point on Sunday.

January 18, 2022
Sunday morning drive lands man in hot water

A 19-year-old driver was taken into custody after crashing into water near Lakepoint Sunday morning.

Around 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16,  a Tooele County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and reckless driving in the area of state Route 36 and Lake Point, according to Tooele County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brian White.

The suspect inside the vehicle sped up and the deputy pursued the vehicle, but due to the reckless driving and high rate of speed the deputy terminated the pursuit.

A few minutes later, the suspect crashed the vehicle into a body of water in the area of the Interstate 80 on ramp.

The vehicle was later found to be stolen, according to White.

The deputy witnessed the crash and responded to the area where they found the suspect swimming away from the vehicle and deputy.

Deputies were able to surround the pond and take the suspect into custody.

The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Jose Garcia.

Prior to the incident, Garcia had multiple warrants out for his arrest consisting of burglary, theft, and evading.

The suspect was booked into the Tooele County detention center for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, evading, obstruction and resisting arrest, possession of stolen financial card and providing false information to police.

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