Police chase auto theft suspect through Ogden

Wednesday , August 06, 2014 - 8:53 PM

Juan Betancourt

Juan Betancourt, 19...

RIVERDALE - A suspect thought he could get away from police after it was discovered he was driving a stolen car, leading them on a chase through Ogden and injuring an officer on Wednesday, police said.

The police pursuit began after a Riverdale Police officer stopped the vehicle, which was reported stolen, at 4370 S. Weber River Drive at about 11 a.m., Lt. James Ebert said.

The suspect was uncooperative, at which point, the officer tried to get him out of the vehicle. He grabbed the suspect’s arm to stop him from leaving, but became stuck and was pulled along with the car as it drove off. 

The officer was dragged a short distance before he was released, but the car turned and knocked him down.

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A pursuit was initiated by nearby patrol vehicles that chased the suspect vehicle northbound through Ogden on Washington Boulevard. 

The suspect ended up turning onto 300 East and into the Lynn School Parking lot near 4th Street Park where he crashed into a chain link fence and abandoned the car. 

A brief foot pursuit through an apartment complex ended with officers catching the suspect and arresting him.

Juan Betancourt was booked into the Weber County Jail on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, failing to stop at the command of an officer and driving a stolen vehicle.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

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