A high-speed chase through part of Sardine Canyon Thursday afternoon ended safely in a Wellsville field. Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Lee Perry says the Cache County man, in his mid-30s, was pulled over by a trooper near Sherwood Hills Resort after it was observed his was speeding and following another vehicle too closely. Perry says when the trooper went back to his car to run the driver license information, the man sped off in the small truck, and tossed a plastic bag out the window. It was later confirmed the bag contained cocaine and the man’s ID was invalid. When the suspect continued northbound out of the canyon he came upon a slower moving vehicle. Lt. Perry says in the man’s haste to pass the vehicle, he lost control and went through southbound lanes of traffic, through a fence, and into a field. Perry says the trooper followed the suspect through the field, and when the suspect came up to a cable fence he attempted to flee on foot. Perry says the trooper didn’t see the fence at first, and when he realized it was there he applied his brakes, skidded through the wet grass, and pinned the suspect’s person to the fence. The trooper exited his car and was able to restrain and cuff the suspect before he got away. The man was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital to be checked out before being taken to the Cache County Jail. Perry says the man’s name is expected to be released soon, pending confirmation of his real identification, however, he says the suspect has an immigration hold and has previously been deported. Lt. Perry says the Cache County Sherriff’s Office has been asked to investigate the crash, while the UHP will handle the criminal investigation.
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