Auto theft suspect caught after chase on wheels, feet
A Price man is in custody after allegedly attempting to steal a vehicle from Tony Basso GM Saturday morning and leading police on a five hour car chase and manhunt.
The incident began just before 11:30 a.m., when Carbon Sheriff's Deputy Isaiah Palmer witnessed Nicholas Taylor, 24, speeding up the US 6 on-ramp in a Black Dodge Durango. Taylor refused to pull over for the deputy and accelerated, leading police on a winding chase at speeds of more than 100 mph, according to a Carbon County Sheriff's press release.
Taking US 6 from Price to Wellington, the suspect continued moving at high speeds, making his way to Ridge Road and then SR 10 headed back into Price.
Police attempted to halt the vehicle with spikes, which flattened the front left tire but failed to stop Taylor from continuing back into Price.
According to police, this is not the first time Taylor has attempted to evade police in a vehicle. He reportedly tried to flee from the Price City Police in late 2013.
By the time the suspect made his way into north Price, public safety agencies including Price City, Helper City, the Utah Highway Patrol and Adult Probation & Parole had joined the manhunt.
During that time, Taylor reportedly called 911 and stated that he was "in possession of an AK-47 rifle and would not be taken into custody alive."
Once in north Price, Taylor ditched the vehicle near Wood Hill and fled on foot. The Carbon County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was activated to assist in the search at that point.
While searching the ravines and plateaus north of Price, a resident in Carbonville called to report the suspect was seen running through a field near the Price River. A team of law enforcement officers quickly surrounded the area and the suspect was apprehended.
Taylor was taken into custody near the Pilling's Trailer Park just before 4 p.m. and taken to Castleview Hospital. The vehicle Taylor was in possession of was indeed stolen from the Tony Basso GM's car lot. It was determined the vehicle had been stolen shortly before Deputy Palmer spotted the vehicle on US 6.
"Thanks to the team work of the law enforcement agencies involved, the suspect was safely taken into custody and no citizens or officers were injured in this incident," concluded Carbon County Chief Deputy Tom Stefanoff.