clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Utah fugitive steals officer vehicle, crashes into mailboxes during chase, police say

Kent Cody Barlow
Utah County Sheriff’s Office

DRAPER — A wanted fugitive was captured overnight after taking off in a police vehicle while officers were chasing him, police said.

Kent Cody Barlow, 23, was arrested Friday morning and booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of two counts each of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle; reckless driving; possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person; possession of a controlled substance; and failure to respond to officers’ signal to stop, among other charges.

About midnight, a Cottonwood Heights police vehicle started pursuing a dark motorcycle toward Draper. The motorcyclist evaded the officers, speeding and running multiple red lights, according to a police affidavit filed in 3rd District Court.

When officers eventually tracked Barlow down at 11685 S. Pond Ridge Drive, he allegedly abandoned his motorcycle and ran away. Barlow then “doubled back on pursuing officers and stole a Draper city police vehicle and again fled,” the affidavit states.

“During this second pursuit the driver of the stolen vehicle was speeding and again ran several red lights without any regard for the safety of the public. The suspect also crashed through a fence in the area of Draper approximately 11600 South 700 East causing damage to both the police vehicle and the fence at this location,” the affidavit states.

Police spiked the car’s tires at 9400 South 700 East, according to the report, but Barlow allegedly “continued to flee with two flat tires.”

“The stolen police vehicle lost control when the driver attempted to make a turn onto 7565 South 700 East and crashed into a set of mailboxes,” police wrote.

Barlow then finally got out of the police vehicle “and initially complied with officers’ commands but once handcuffs were attempted to be placed onto the male he began to resist arrest by pulling his arms away from officers,” according to the affidavit.

Police said Barlow gave them a fake name, but they learned his real name and that he was a parole fugitive, the affidavit states. The motorcycle he had been driving was reported stolen out of South Jordan.

In a backpack discarded by the motorcycle, police said they found substances believed to be methamphetamine and heroin, as well as “several tools commonly used for burglary.”

In 2018, Barlow pleaded guilty to shoplifting. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession or transfer of a financial card after stealing someone’s wallet at a Walmart in Springville, according to court documents.