Suspect still at large after stolen vehicle chase in Box Elder County

A suspect is still at large this morning following a series of chases and run-ins with law enforcement Tuesday afternoon and evening. Lt. Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol says it started when the suspect, described as a 5’9″, 135 lbs. Caucasian male with some facial hair, knocked on the door of a Honeyville home and said his Jeep had run out of gas. The woman said she couldn’t help him. Perry says the woman reported that as the man left her home he stood out front and appeared to take a picture of the residence. The woman became suspicious and called police, describing the man and his vehicle. The Jeep came back as stolen out of Ogden and Utah Highway Patrol was notified. Meanwhile another individual gave the suspect a couple gallons of gas, but by this time several residents in the area were notified that he was driving a stolen vehicle. Perry says some citizens tried to contain the vehicle, and one even followed the suspect for a distance, letting dispatch know where the man was. The suspect passed a trooper who was responding to the incident, going an estimated 80-90 MPH. The trooper turned around and followed the vehicle, eventually reaching I-15 northbound. But Perry said since the suspect maintained high speeds he quickly began to run out of gas again about 4 miles south of the Utah-Idaho boarder. The suspect maneuvered the jeep over the median, into oncoming travel lanes and off the west side shoulder. Perry says at that point the man fled on foot. When troopers and other law enforcement reached the Jeep they set up a containment area to search for the suspect. Perry says a reverse 911 call notified residents in the area of the situation and asked that homes and vehicles be locked, and any suspicious activity be reported to police. A Department of Public Safety helicopter with infrared camera searched the area, as did bloodhounds, but were unable to locate the suspect. Perry says the search was eventually called off due to darkness and cold. He says another reverse 911 call informed residents that the suspect was not located and that they should exercise caution during the night. Perry says unless law enforcement officials receive information this morning about the suspect, they will turn their attention to the investigation. He says UHP was later notified that the suspect had been pursued by an Ogden Police officer for a traffic violation. Perry the investigation will be a collaborative effort between UHP and Ogden Police Department detectives.

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