CLEARFIELD -- A 48-year-old man who was thinking of suicide by cop ended up leading police in a high-speed chase through two counties and is now facing felony charges.
The events began when Clearfield police officers were asked to look for a stolen 1996 GMC Sonoma at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Pinnacle Apartments at 1100 S. 2000 East, in Clearfield. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Rifle, Colo.
Officers were told that Jeffery Hill may have a .38 handgun with him and he was contemplating "suicide by cop," said Assistant Police Chief Mike Stenquist.
Hill's last known address is Ogden.
Officers found the Sonoma with Hill inside it. When officers contacted Hill, he drove away at a high rate of speed. The chase wen through Clearfield, Layton and into Morgan County. Officers from Syracuse, Clearfield, Clinton, Davis County Sheriff's Office and Morgan County Sheriff's Office assisted in the chase and the arrest.
"Speeds got as high as 75 mph," Stenquist said.
For some reason, Hill "just quit" and surrendered to police, Stenquist said.
Hill refused to talk to police about why he ran and why he was in Clearfield, Stenquist said.
He was booked in the Davis County Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony; evading, possession of stolen property, and possession of ammunition by a restricted person, all third-degree felonies; and, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a class A misdemeanor.