LOGAN — A West Valley City woman is in jail after she and another woman allegedly led law enforcement on a high speed chase through Sardine Canyon Wednesday night, ending with a crash near the Eagle Mountain Golf Course. Brittney L. Franklin is being held in the Cache County Jail on multiple offences, including aggravated robbery, obstructing justice and failing to stop at the command of law enforcement.
Logan City Police Assistant Chief Jeff Simmons said they believe the two women were involved in a shop lifting case at Al’s Sporting Goods. One of the women allegedly entered the store and stole several hundred dollars in merchandise, while Franklin acted as the getaway driver.
As the woman left the store, she threw the stolen items into a silver Volkswagon Jetta. A store employee tried to stop her and was hit by the car.
Simmons explained that the employee was carried on the hood of the vehicle for about 30 feet, before falling off. He had minor injuries and was treated by paramedics, before being released.
Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said deputies later recognized the suspect’s car, driving south on US-89/91. When they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled south.
During the chase, the car hit several construction barrels in the Wellsville area and then continued into Sardine Canyon. It reached speeds between 80-100 mph.
Jensen said when the vehicle started out of the canyon, Utah Highway Patrol troopers spiked the car’s tires at the brake check point. The vehicle hit the spikes at nearly 80 mph, puncturing both right side tires. The suspect vehicle-maintained control and traveled approximately a quarter-mile before pulling to the side of the road.
A deputy used his vehicle to block the driver from leaving the car. The passenger meanwhile left the vehicle, jumped the guard rail and ran into the golf course.
Brigham City Police and K9’s searched for the other woman with no success.
Simmons said Franklin was taken back to Logan for questioning and later booked into jail. She would only provide a first name of the other woman involved.
Franklin was arraigned in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon on multiple felonies and misdemeanors. She was assigned a public defender and ordered to appear again in court August 20.
Judge Brian Cannell noted that Franklin has prior felony convictions in West Valley. Because of her criminal history, he ordered her to be held in jail without bail.
Simmons said police believe the women are also suspected of similar thefts along the Wasatch Front.