A Utah Highway Patrolman was taken on a late night chase Thursday night which ended the next morning with an arrest and large amount of drugs seized.
At about 8 p.m. a UHP deputy tried to pull over an individual travelling southbound on Interstate 15 near Riverside for driving without working tail lights, UHP Sgt. Jacob Cox said.
Instead, the driver sped away, forcing the deputy to give chase, reaching speeds up to 100 mph, Cox said.
Near mile marker 382, the suspect entered a construction zone and the deputy terminated the chase to avoid any accidents involving workers.
Soon after, a Box Elder Sheriff's deputy found the suspect's vehicle abandoned near the same area, Cox said.
In the vehicle deputies found about a pound of marijuana along with a scale and other paraphernalia. Also found was the suspect's driver's license which gave police a full description of the suspect, Michael Brennan, Cox said.
The next morning at about 10:30 a.m. a construction worker spotted a man breaking into their truck. The man, who fit the description of the suspect, took the worker's sweater and lunch from their vehicle.
Police arrived and spotted the suspect, resulting in a foot chase around the area. The Department of Public Safety dispatched a helicopter to assist in the search for the suspect, Cox said.
Shortly after, the suspect surrendered to police and was booked into Box Elder County Jail for evading police and possession of controlled substances.
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