UV crime: Crashes and a chase, liquor, guns and ammo


uv360-weekly-crime-reportCrashes lead to chase, arrest

A 62-year-old man, who may have been experiencing a medical condition on Monday when he hit a car on Interstate 15 in Draper and another in Lindon, led police on a high-speed chase, ran over a spike strip and eventually was hit by an officer and stopped.

Police say the man drove up to 80 mph and continued driving after hitting a spike strip, even though his wheels were smoking. He was taken to the hospital after finally being stopped in Payson.

Liquor and guns

Police say a man first went for after-hours bottles of booze from the State Liquor Store in Orem before turning his attention to late-night guns and ammo.

The man was caught on video at the State Liquor Store, where police say he threw a rock through the window and grabbed some liquor. His red Jeep Cherokee was caught on video too. His next stop was Get  Some Guns and Ammo, where a business alarm alerted police to a break-in. Officers spotted him and noticed he matched  the description of the man from the liquor store burglary. They then found his red car nearby, and it turns out the Cherokee was stolen too.

Randall Smith, 22, was booked into jail on charges of criminal mischief, burglary, vehicle theft and theft.

Copper theft case comes to a close

The final defendant in a huge copper theft from a mine near Eureka pleaded guilty this week. Robert Valdez pleaded guilty to theft, burglary and two charges of criminal mischief. In addition to prison time, he could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines when he’s sentenced in April.

Last week the other two suspects, Faith Fernandes and Richard Fernandes, pleaded guilty.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, operators at the Trixie Mine reported that 5,000 feet of multiple-strand copper wire was stolen over the course of a year. The value of the wire and damage resulted in a $1.5 million loss.

Big delivery, bad check

Orem police responded this week to a complaint from a restaurant over a bad check. Police say a woman ordered nearly $300 in Chinese food, and gave the delivery driver a bad check. If she doesn’t fork over the cash, police will charge her with a crime. No word on why she needed hundreds of dollars in Chinese cuisine.

Stop if you want?

A man in Orem got a ticket this week after he refused to stop for a police officer. According to police, the man told the officer – when he finally decided he would stop – that he didn’t initially stop when the officer tried to pull him over because he didn’t want to. He got a ticket for failure to yield.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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