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Two men arrested after leading police on chase, crashing stolen vehicle

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CEDAR CITY — Two men were arrested Friday morning after police say they led officers on a chase that ended in a rollover crash near Cedar City.

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped Montana James Guidry, 19, on suspicion of speeding on I-15 about 10:50 a.m.

Guidry told the trooper he had forgotten his driver's license and could not find the registration documents for the gold Toyota Corolla he was driving, according to the UHP.

The trooper smelled marijuana and asked Guidry and James Richard Strodey, 18, to step out of the car, police said. Instead of complying with the trooper, the two men drove off in the Corolla, the UHP said.

The two men exited the freeway to turn north on state Route 130, police said. As they approached a curve too quickly, Guidry lost control and the car rolled, according to the UHP.

Richard was thrown from the car, according to police. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jalaine Hawkes said both men sustained minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital by ambulance.

Both men were arrested, and Guidry told police the car had been stolen, according to the UHP.

Hawkes said the men had driven the stolen car from Twin Falls, Idaho, but it was unclear where they were going. Police made contact with the vehicle's owner, but did not know Saturday whether the owner knew the men, Hawkes said.

Police said drugs and alcohol were found in the car.

Guidry and Richard were booked into the Iron County Jail for investigation of drug and paraphernalia possession, fleeing, possession of a stolen vehicle, and alcohol possession.

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