Troopers make two drug stops on I-80; police dogs and Taser used


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TOOELE COUNTY -- Highway Patrol troopers made what turned out to be two drug stops on Interstate-80 near Tooele Tuesday. In both cases, they had to take measures to keep the suspects from fleeing.

Troopers tased a suspect as he tried to run from them on Interstate 80.

Troopers had pulled the man over for a routine traffic stop outside Tooele when they spotted drug paraphernalia in the car.

They placed him in cuffs and were taking him into custody when he began running from them.

The troopers considered using a patrol dog to catch him but did not want to let the dog out on the busy road. Instead, a Taser was deployed.

The man was then taken into custody on several charges.

A dog was used in a second arrest on the interstate, not far from the first.

Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday troopers pulled over another car and noticed the two people inside trying to hide something. That prompted a search that turned up drugs.

While troopers were placing one of the pair under arrest the other started to run, so they dispatched a police dog to catch the suspect.

Troopers also had to chase the first suspect after he ran while they were getting out the dog. Both men are now in custody.

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