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Suspected identity thieves captured following hit-and-run

By Randall Jeppesen and Shara Park | Posted - Aug. 25, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

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CLEARFIELD — Suspects in a hit-and-run accident led police on a chase that ended in Clearfield Thursday morning.

Police say a man and woman involved in a minor traffic accident at the Maverick near 700 South and State Street fled the scene. Officers spotted the copper-colored Kia and pursued it in a chase that went through residential and business areas and reached speeds up to 60 mph at times.

"(The deputy) did request permission for a pit maneuver that was denied because of the speeds and the recklessness," said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.

Investigators say during the chase, the two threw items from their car associated with identity theft.

(The deputy) did request permission for a pit maneuver that was denied because of the speeds and the recklessness.

–Sgt. Susan Poulsen, Davis County Sheriff's Office

It ended at the Aspen Park apartments near 1700 South and 300 West in Clearfield. The passenger stayed in the vehicle and was immediately arrested.

The female driver, who police say had an injured leg and was in a walking cast, didn't get very far and was located in the stairway. Near the woman were several checks and credit cards possibly stolen out of Salt Lake, Clearfield Police Lt. Adam Malan said.

"(She had) credit cards, checks, things like that; maybe some involved in an identity theft," he said.

Police first thought the vehicle involved in this chase was stolen, but now they say it was a rental car that was overdue.

The two people arrested, whose names have not been released, will be booked into jail on charges related to identify theft and evading police.

Also during the chase, a sheriff deputy's car hit a pole. Poulsen says, for whatever reason, the deputy wasn't able to make the turn and ended up crashing into the sign. No one was injured.


Written with contributions from Randall Jeppesen and Shara Park.



Randall Jeppesen
    Shara Park


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