Ogden police nab parolee after foot chase

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Bubba Brown

OGDEN — Police captured a 30-year-old parole fugitive Wednesday after he led them on a chase over fences and through backyards.

Ogden Police Lt. Tony Fox said Benjamin Mendoza, known also as Junior, was finally apprehended near 17th Street and Kiesel Avenue and booked into Weber County Jail. In addition to possible charges related to his parole violation, Fox said Mendoza is now facing charges of avoiding apprehension.

Fox said Mendoza had cuts on his hands from jumping fences, and he was given medical treatment before being booked into jail.

Steve Gehrke, spokesman for the Utah Department of Corrections, said Mendoza’s parole violations stem from 2011 convictions in 2nd District Court in Ogden of possession or use of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and attempted burglary of a vehicle, a class B misdemeanor, among other convictions.

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