FARMINGTON -- A 29-year-old man is facing two felony counts after leading police on a chase from one side of Davis County to the other.
Davis County Sheriff's deputies booked Joseph William Murray on Thursday in Davis County Jail with two counts of failure to respond to an officer's signal. He also is being held by Adult Probation & Parole.
"He now has felony charges instead of a traffic citation," Davis County Sheriff's Lt. Jen Daley said.
Daley said Murray did not pull over in West Bountiful when an officer signaled him to, following a traffic violation at 3:30 a.m. Instead, Murray took off, and West Bountiful police put out an attempt to locate the motorcycle, which was a 1999 Honda.
A sheriff's deputy spotted the motorcycle going northbound on Park Lane in Farmington, Daley said.
The officer turned on his emergency lights, but Daley again did not pull over.
"It was a relatively low-speed chase," Daley said. "Speeds did not get above 55 to 60 mph. (Murray) wasn't wearing eye protection so when he went faster, he couldn't see."
Daley said officers reported that Murray looked like he would slow down and come almost to a stop, but then would take off again.
The pursuit ended in Clinton in a round-about, when the tire on the motorcycle caught on a concrete curb, causing the motorcycle to tip, Daley said.
Neither Murray, nor the woman passenger riding with him, were wearing helmets at the time. Murray was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The woman was not arrested.
The case is still under investigation, Daley said.
Murray was sentenced in 2006 in 2nd District Court in Farmington to serve one to 15 years in Utah State Prison for second-degree felony theft, according to the court website.
"Sheriff (Todd) Richardson takes a hard stance on suspects evading police," Daley said.
The Davis County Attorney's Office will review the case before filing formal charges.