HEBER CITY — A man with a long criminal history was arrested Friday after leading officers on a high-speed chase, then a foot chase before finally giving up and passing out in back of a patrol car, police reported.
About 12:30 a.m., the Utah Highway Patrol notified Heber police that a vehicle traveling 110 mph on U.S. 40 near Jordanelle Reservoir was headed toward their city. By the time the vehicle reached Main Street in Heber City, it was still going an estimated 75 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to Heber police.
A Heber City officer responding to the scene ended up T-boning the fleeing vehicle accidentally when the driver made a maneuver with his car that police weren't expecting. No one was injured and the man in the damaged car kept going, police said.
The fleeing vehicle circled back out of town onto U.S. 40. About eight miles down the road, UHP troopers successfully spiked the car's tires, but the man kept driving until he finally crashed into a ravine. Investigators say Kenneth Noel Webb, 59, then got out and ran.
But about 30 minutes later, with UHP troopers, Summit County sheriff's deputies, Heber police, Park City police and the Utah Department of Public Safety's helicopter surrounding the area, Noel appeared to tire out and surrendered without further incident, according to Heber police.
After he was placed into a patrol car, investigators say he passed out and it took officers a while to wake him up to question him.
The vehicle Webb was driving was reported stolen out of St. George. The registration he was carrying was reported stolen out of Salt Lake City. At least eight knives and two pellet guns were found in the vehicle, according to police.
Webb, of Salt Lake City, had a warrant for his arrest out of Idaho for larceny. He was charged Friday in Heber's 4th District Court with possession of a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony; failing to stop at the command of law enforcement, a third-degree felony; DUI, a class B misdemeanor; reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor; leaving the scene of an accident, a class C misdemeanor; having an opener container in the vehicle, a class C misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.