Driver in jail after crashing through Home Depot storage sheds

Mar 19 2013 - 9:24pm


RIVERDALE -- The smoke coming off the pickup truck's spinning tires gave away the exact location of the evading suspect, as Riverdale Police took their suspect into custody following a short pursuit.

But before police could apprehend their suspect, the man managed to destroy three Riverdale Home Depot storage sheds and a swing set, by crashing into them with his pickup truck, according to Riverdale Police Lt. James Ebert.

Dale Arave, 38, of Riverdale, was arrested Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. and booked into Weber County Jail for felony criminal mischief, evading police and resisting arrest, Ebert said.

Pending toxicology reports, Arave may also face a driving under the influence charge, and having in his possession a firearm while under the influence, he said.

It was a good thing there were no customers looking at storage sheds at the time, Ebert said. "(Arave) was driving crazy around the parking lot."

Most of the incident was caught on video by a citizen who was away from the incident as it played out in the Riverdale Home Depot store parking lot at 999 W. Riverdale Road.

Police initially spotted Arave driving erratically on 1050 West Street, when he pointed a middle finger at police and attempted to evade them by driving his truck over a curb and into the store parking lot, Ebert said.

Prior to reaching the parking lot, Arave's pickup truck bounced off of a couple of street poles before he continued on. He then drove through some storage sheds in the parking lot. After driving through the sheds, Arave attempted to drive his truck through the store's outdoor tree center, resulting in it damaging his truck's axle.

It was then Arave continued to accelerate, his tires spinning, sending clouds of smoke into the air, giving his exact location away as an officer approached the vehicle.

Arave, who sustained a laceration to his forehead as a result of the crash.

Arave lives less than a mile away from the store, Ebert said.

No one else was injured during the incident, Ebert said.



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