BRIGHAM CITY — A 19-year-old Salt Lake City man is being held in jail following a high-speed chase through parts Box Elder County. Jerimia J. Hawthorne was booked Wednesday into the Box Elder County Jail on multiple offences.
Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dale Ward said 911 Dispatch Operators first received a call early Wednesday around 5:15 a.m. of a possible road rage incident. It started on Interstate-15 in the Perry area. Deputies attempted to pull the suspect over in the Honeyville/Elwood area along I-15.
Law enforcement later terminated their chase as speeds reached 100 mph and it appeared the suspect was not going to stop.
Shortly after, a second 911 call was received from the Elwood area, along 6800 W. The caller reported, a young male was attempting to steal a vehicle and had assaulted a man at the residence.
Ward said the suspect had demanded the keys to a car. The resident complied by going into the home but came back with a shotgun. The suspect fled the scene on foot as his car was disabled in front of the house.
A description of the suspect was broadcast to all law enforcement and at approximately 5:50 a.m. a man fitting the description was seen at the Maverik in Tremonton. Officers responded and detained the suspect, later identified as Hawthorne.
As the investigation unfolded it was believed that as Hawthorne proceeded on I-15 and approached the I-15/I-84 split, he left the roadway and ended up on 6800 W. in Tremonton. He proceeded south on 6800 W. until the vehicle he was driving stopped. When he got caught by the resident of the home, he was trying to steal another car and assaulted that resident. He fled that scene on foot and was picked up by a passerby and taken to Maverik in Tremonton.
Hawthorne is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and a warrant for failing to appear in 1st District Court. Formal charges are pending the completion of the investigation.