22-year-old man leads officers on wild chase through Davis County, police say

Wednesday , April 19, 2017 - 9:58 AM

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

CENTERVILLE — Police say a 22-year-old man led officers on a wild chase Tuesday afternoon in Davis County.

According to a press release from Centerville police, officers were dispatched at about 3:40 p.m. to the Cyprus Credit Union in the Centerville Walmart for a reported potential forgery. 

The suspect, later identified as Timothy Johnson, 22, left the scene in a white pickup truck, according to police. Shortly after, a Centerville detective located the truck and initiated a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 15. 

Johnson stopped, but as officers approached the truck, he fled using the emergency lane, police said. The officers chased the truck but eventually ended the pursuit.

About 20-30 minutes later, police located the truck again, this time in a residential Farmington area near 200 North and 300 East. Police said officers approached the vehicle and asked Johnson to get out. He refused, according to police, and fled the area, hitting a parked car in the process.

Officers pursued Johnson again. When he turned down a dead-end road at 300 North just off Main Street, officers positioned their cars in an attempt to block Johnson in. 

According to police, Johnson then rammed his truck into an occupied Farmington police vehicle head-on and was able to exit onto Main Street. 

A Davis County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a “pursuit intervention technique” near Park Lane in Farmington, but Johnson continued to flee, police said. 

Johnson eventually turned onto Shepard Creek Parkway Drive where he lost control of the truck and hit a mailbox before driving over the median and hitting a parked car. 

He attempted to drive away again but was boxed in by several emergency vehicles and taken into custody, police said.

Police said no one was injured, but the truck, two civilian vehicles and three police vehicles were damaged in the chase. According to police, the truck had been stolen and also had stolen license plates. 

According to jail records, Johnson was booked in Davis County Jail on one count of receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, one county of issuing a bad check, one count of failure to respond to officers signal to stop, one count of assault against a police officer, one count of theft, one count of failure to remain at the scene of an accident, one count of interference with an arresting officer and one count of reckless driving.

He was not been formally charged in 2nd District Court yet.

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