TAYLORSVILLE — Two men were arrested Monday night in connection with a wild weekend high-speed chase and shooting.
James Castrillon, 30, of Bountiful, and Elvis Andrews, 36, of West Jordan, were spotted in a parked car in a Taylorsville apartment complex about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Investigators who had been searching for them swooped in and blocked their vehicle so they couldn't flee and arrested them without incident, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell. A 9 mm handgun was recovered from the vehicle, he said.
The two are accused of chasing another vehicle along busy 5400 South on Saturday night while Castrillon allegedly fired several rounds out the window.
The chase ended near 5700 South and 2200 West where the road ends in a cul-de-sac. The car being chased was traveling an estimated 80 mph through the residential neighborhood when it crashed through a fence and into a backyard. Next to that house, several children were in attendance at a backyard barbecue, and two houses down there were more children enjoying a pool party.
"Kids everywhere in that neighborhood. It's just a miracle no one was killed," Bell said. "The fact that no one was hit by a stray bullet or one of the vehicles is amazing."
Police say the two groups involved in the chase were believed to be engaged in a large-scale drug deal. Though the investigation was continuing Tuesday, the lieutenant said detectives were looking at the possibility that Castrillon and Andrews chased and shot at the other vehicle after they were ripped off during the drug deal.
The car being chased was stolen with a stolen license plate attached from a second stolen vehicle. The vehicle Castrillon and Andrews were found in Monday night was also stolen, he said.
Castrillon, the alleged shooter, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, felony discharge of a firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Andrews was booked for investigation of the same charges.
Andrews has the more extensive criminal record of the two men, according to Utah court records, being charged numerous times with theft, burglary and drug-related crimes.