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Man who led police on chase is arrested

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MIDVALE — A man accused of stealing a car and leading police on a high-speed chase was arrested after firing several shots at pursuing officers Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

The incident began at 11:58 p.m. Tuesday when an officer spotted a stolen car at 6790 S. State, said Midvale Assistant Police Chief Dan Pearson.

The officer initiated a chase after the driver refused to pull over. The chase ended in Bluffdale when the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a fence near the Utah State Prison.

When the driver, 18, got out of his vehicle he immediately began shooting at officers, Pearson said. At least one of the police vehicles was hit, but the officers were not, he said. Investigators were still trying to determine Wednesday morning exactly how many shots were fired.

The officers did not fire any shots back at the man.

"He's very very lucky," Pearson said. "The case was handled extremely well."

After the man shot a few rounds at officers, he tried to jump over the damaged fence that he had just crashed into, Pearson said. But he apparently lost his balance and dropped his gun. As soon as the gun was dropped, officers surrounded the man and he surrendered immediately, Pearson said.

The man is believed to be a convicted felon and currently has several warrants out for his arrest, Pearson said. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of attempted homicide, auto theft and felony fleeing. The car was stolen in Centerville, where the man lives, Pearson said.


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