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Police nab wanted fugitive following high-speed chase

By Sandra Yi | Posted - Oct. 26, 2010 at 12:01 p.m.


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WEST VALLEY CITY -- He tried to run but a wanted felon couldn't escape police in Murray.

Brian Hughes, 40, first tried to get away in his truck and then he tried to run away. In the end, though, he was caught.

Police have been after Hughes since Tuesday morning when he was seen in a Dodge truck that was reported stolen out of Elko, Nev. Hughes refused to pull over on a traffic stop in West Valley City in the area of 3300 South and 1900 West.

Hughes got on the freeway and led officers on a chase on State Route 201, Interstate 15 and Interstate 215. Police tell us that speeds reached up to 85 miles an hour. Officers eventually called off the chase but continued to follow Hughes in unmarked vehicles.

West Valley City police Sgt. Jason Johnson said, "He didn't know that officers were behind him, so his speed slowed way down, became much, much safer to just follow instead of pursue."

Hughes pulled into an apartment complex in Murray. Once in the parking lot, he tried to run away. That's when an officer used a Taser on him.

Police say Hughes is a wanted fugitive and that's why he fled from officers. They say he has two $50,000 warrants for his arrest -- one for possession of a controlled substance.

Officers searched the truck and had a police dog check it out as well. We don't know at this point if they found anything.

Hughes was taken to jail on several charges, including felony fleeing, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeting on foot. He could face other charges, including resisting arrest and DUI.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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