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Deputies arrest Richfield man after long chase

Sun Advocate associate editor

Carbon County Sheriff's deputies pursued a fleeing suspect in a car chase that led on a winding route over dirt and paved roads around and through Price Friday afternoon.

It ended as a foot race off Carbonville Road with the suspect, 35-year-old Mike Ashby of Richfield being taken into custody and booked into jail on a long list of charges.

According to Sheriff James Cordova, when deputy Isaiah Palmer tried to stop Ashby on Upper Coal Creek road, Ashby sped off, turning north on a dirt road leading to Airport Road.

The pursuit continued on Airport Road to another dirt road near the animal hospital, where Ashby turned off onto another dirt track.

That eventually led to 800 North in Price, down Cedar Hills Drive and 100 North to Carbonville Road.

At about 760 West, Ashby abandoned the car and took off on foot, and lost the race.

The sheriff said that at no time did speed in the populated area exceed 50 mph. Earlier in the day, police and deputies twice gave up a chase when speed became too hazardous for pursuit (See related story, page 1A).

The sheriff said that public and police safety are the top concerns in car chases, but it is a judgment call that must balance apprehending suspects as well.

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