OGDEN -- After a close encounter last week with one of the most wanted men in Weber County, police have their man in custody.
Donald Keith Sweet, 43, who had been on the run on multiple warrants, was arrested by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force in Salt Lake City on Tuesday and booked into Weber County Jail, said strike force Lt. Troy Burnett.
Sweet is believed to have been involved with one of the largest methamphetamine distribution rings in the area. He is also accused of perpetrating several forgeries and frauds.
"He was the top priority in Weber County," Burnett said. "As well as the drugs, he was heavily involved in identity theft, forgeries and fraud, with a trail of victims every day he was out there."
Burnett said officers tracked Sweet to a hotel in Salt Lake City early Tuesday morning. When he refused to cooperate with police, a Salt Lake officer deployed a K-9 unit, at which point police were able to take Sweet into custody.
The police nearly nabbed Sweet last week, when on Aug. 21 they spotted him near Monroe Boulevard and 28th Street. Realizing he had been seen, Sweet allegedly sped away in a vehicle.
A plain-clothes officer tried to pull him over, but Sweet reportedly refused to stop the vehicle, nearly hitting an officer standing in the street. At that point, police ended the chase, because it was in a residential area. He later abandoned the vehicle, and according to a probable cause affidavit, police found forgery equipment in it, including a driver's license with Sweet's photo but another person's name.
Court documents filed Wednesday show Sweet has been charged with aggravated assault, failure to stop at the command of a police officer and possession of a forgery writing or device for that incident.
Burnett said it took the cooperation of multiple agencies to finally capture Sweet.
"There's a lot of teamwork in law enforcement," he said, "and this is a good example of it."
Sweet was implicated in a large-scale investigation of one of the area's main meth rings. Police say Sweet was a distributor for Shane Osborn, 44, who, police say, oversaw the distribution network, the June bust of which yielded at least 14 arrests and about $400,000 in cash and assets.
In addition to the charges filed Wednesday, Sweet, whom court records show has an extensive criminal history dating back to the late 1990s, is facing 12 felonies that have been filed in the past three months. Charges include possession with intent to distribute, distribution of a controlled substance and multiple counts of forgery.