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Cedar City — Police arrested the Kansas man Saturday evening after a multi-agency chase that began with a high-speed vehicle chase on Interstate 15 and saw the suspect arrested on foot in a residential neighborhood of Enoch.
Carl Edward Poston, 30, was arrested shortly before midnight on more than a dozen charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, reckless driving and failure to stop on command of a vehicle. imprisoned in the county jail. Police, driving with a suspended or revoked license, possession of drugs or paraphernalia.
According to a probable cause statement filed in support of Poston’s arrest, at 5:17 p.m. I witnessed a white SUV with “significant” discoloration on the windshield. Also coloring the tail lights.
After a police license plate check on the car, they learned it was stolen from Kansas.
“I tried to stop the vehicle near mile marker 72, but the pursuit continued,” the arresting officer wrote. “A short time later, the chase was terminated due to subject’s reckless driving. However, the lieutenant deployed spike strips to deflate the tyres, causing subject to drive down the interstate, climb over the fence, and hit the driver. took a rest near the store where he left on foot.”
According to the affidavit, the driver stripped off his shirt, backpacked and fled the vehicle through the backyards of Enoch’s homes.
“After a short search, the subject was found in the front yard of the residence with a backpack and taken into custody by other forces,” the arresting officer wrote.
UHP said the man was arrested around 5:36 p.m., less than 20 minutes into the chase.
“When I arrived at the scene, the subject was sitting in a patrol car and the backpack was in the resident’s driveway, untouched because the subject had left it,” the officer wrote, giving the subject the backpack. He added that he had asked for permission to search and had received it.
According to the affidavit, the backpack contained the following items:
- Two handguns, one in .45 and one in .22, both loaded with magazines.
- A glass pipe with white residue and a small container containing a white crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
- A wallet containing Poston’s own identification and Social Security card.
- A Social Security card owned by an unknown person.
Mr Poston told officers that the backpack belonged to a friend and that he had put some of his belongings in it.
After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found a small bag of methamphetamine, a tinfoil-covered glass pipe, a marijuana dispensary, and a small bag of crushed tablets in an SUV towed from the scene. A bag was reportedly found.
A 9mm round and a bulletproof vest were also found, according to an affidavit. Additionally, the tint of the front driver’s side window measured at 21% light transmission, which is darker than legally allowed in both Utah and Kansas.
The arresting officers said in their indictment that Mr Poston had a previous felony conviction and had an extensive criminal record, including violent crimes, drug possession and distribution, and was released without bail. asked to be detained in
“Subject was involved in a high-speed pursuit and displayed a disregard for the safety of the innocent motoring public in an attempt to escape,” the officer wrote in the affidavit, adding, “Subject is in Utah and has nothing to do with it,” he added. Both his actions and his background make me believe that he is not only an escape hazard, but a danger to the general public. “
On Sunday morning, Lt. Randy Riches of the Utah State Highway Patrol provided additional details about the chase, confirming that the fleeing driver changed direction.
“He was tracked northwards and then southbound through the median near Parowan,” Riches told Cedar City News, with Spike a mile marker on the southbound side of Interstate 15. It was installed between 65 and 64, he added. The vehicle reportedly ended up on or near a side road of former Highway 91 in the Wagon Wheel Drive district.
Responding to the incident included multiple Utah Highway Patrolmen, Iron County Sheriff’s Deputies, and officers from the Cedar City and Enoch Police Departments.
This report is based on court documents and statements of law enforcement officers and may not include the full range of findings. A person who is arrested or indicted is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court or otherwise determined by the trial judge.
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