A 17-year-old who ran away from a group home in January led police on a chase before being apprehended Thursday.
The teen was living in a group home in Sandy when he walked away Jan. 27, said Bill Nelsen, administrator over Region II for Youth Corrections. Information about the youth was given to local police agencies. Youth Corrections officials conducted surveillance on homes where they knew the boy had family or friends, but they weren't able to locate him."We knew the police were interested in him because of other crimes," Nelsen said.
Sandy Police Lt. Ron Bullock confirmed officers were looking for the youth to question him about crimes in Sandy. Bullock didn't know what kinds of cases they were but said the investigation tipped officials off to the boy's location.
Sandy police notified Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies that the suspect could be found in Magna Thursday morning.
Deputies went to a home near 9100 West and 3100 South to apprehend him just before 10 a.m., but he fled in a car after catching sight of authorities, said sheriff's Lt. Larry Marx. The vehicle did not belong to the suspect, but it was not immediately known whether it had been stolen.
Police lost the suspect, but he was later spotted by a Youth Corrections official on his way to the Salt Lake International Airport. Corbett Ford, who works as a liaison with law enforcement, had been looking for the teen and recognized him as the vehicles passed on the roadway, Nelsen said.
Ford followed him and called sheriff's dispatch to notify officers of his location. The sheriff's helicopter also assisted.
The suspect fled to 3287 S. 8920 West, where he bailed from the car and ran into a field, Marx said. Deputy sheriffs tackled and apprehended him around 10:30 a.m.
He was booked into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center.