Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 4, 2014
Tooele man charged after leading police on high-speed chase

A Tooele man was arrested early Saturday morning after leading police on a chase through the city and into the county.

According to a probable cause statement, a deputy from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office heard tires squealing at a little after 2 a.m. as a car turned from Vine Street on to Main Street in Tooele.

The deputy clocked the car going 63 mph in the area, which has a speed limit of 35 mph, and attempted to pull the car over, according to the probable cause statement.

After turning onto other streets, including a turn onto eastbound 200 North that caused the car to spin, the car started going west on Vine Street, according to the probable cause statement, at one point reaching 100 mph.

At a circle off of Landmark Drive, the car was pinned between the end of the road and the deputy and a Tooele City Police officer who had come to assist with the chase, according to the statement, and the officers approached the vehicle.

The Tooele City officer threw spikes at the vehicle and drew his weapon at the driver, according to the statement, and the deputy attempted to open the passenger-side door as the car passed through the officers.

As the vehicle drove away, nearly hitting the Tooele City officer, it crashed head-on into the car of another Tooele City Police officer who had come to assist, according to the statement. The impact damaged the patrol vehicle to the point of inoperability but did not injure the officer.

The chase continued to the intersection of Utah Avenue and state Route 112, when the vehicle stopped, according to the probable cause statement. The deputy had left his patrol vehicle to talk to the driver of the car when the car backed up and hit the front of the deputy’s vehicle, according to the probable cause statement.

The chase continued back into Tooele City, where another deputy chased him into the Glen Eagles subdivision near 1000 West and 600 North, according to the statement. The driver of the car got out of the vehicle and continued on foot, according to the statement.

The Tooele City Police Department K-9 and handler, among others, came to assist with the chase, and the dog was able to follow a scent from the driver of the car, according to the statement. The officers found the suspected driver walking towards them about two blocks north of the abandoned car, according to the statement, and the first Tooele City officer identified him as the driver of the car.

The driver, identified as 31-year-old William Joseph Lawrence, had his blood drawn to test for alcohol content and was transported to Mountain West Medical Center for an evaluation. He was booked into the Tooele County Detention Center later that day.

Lawrence was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; failure to stop or respond at the command of police, a third-degree felony; two counts of criminal mischief: intentional damage, defacement or destruction of property, a third-degree felony; failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class B misdemeanor.

His initial appearance in 3rd District Court is scheduled for Monday.

In August, Lawrence was charged with burglary of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; theft, a class B misdemeanor; intoxication, a class C misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, an infraction. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for that case later this month. In May, in a separate case, he was charged with burglary of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor, and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor, to which he pleaded not guilty in June. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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