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Suspect nabbed after 100 mph chase becomes manhunt in Price Canyon

Lawmen from different agencies surround the captured suspect Wednesday afternoon.

Sun Advocate associate editor

A suspect who led law enforcement officers on a chase at speeds of up to 100 mph through Spanish Fork and Price Canyons was captured in a foot chase after he abandoned his vehicle near the water treatment plants at Castle Gate north of Helper.

The chase began at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in Spanish Fork Canyon west of the Tie Fork rest stop in Utah County. A Utah County deputy sheriff notified public safety dispatch that he was pursuing a vehicle that was refusing to yield.

Within minutes, the speeding vehicle, a 2012 Mazda 3 had passed Soldier Summit and was heading down Price Canyon toward Helper on US 6.

About 10 miles northwest of Helper, the fleeing vehicle evaded spikes that had been placed on the highway, barely missing a Carbon County Sheriff's deputy at the scene.

Pursuers lost sight of the vehicle shortly after that. The vehicle was then spotted abandoned at the water treatment plant and the manhunt began.

The suspect, Michael Christopher Micek, 29, Magna, was captured and handcuffed on a road leading to building near the treatment plants.

Westbound traffic had been stopped at Helper while the chase was in progress.

Vehicles heading eastbound were stopped and checked after the suspect's empty vehicle was discovered

Micek was booked in Utah County Jail on numerous charges.

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