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DRAPER — Agents used a stun gun to arrest a fugitive accused of burglarizing several businesses.

Police say Tayne Pendleton has a long rap sheet that includes auto theft. He also was wanted for parole violations.

He fled from police Thursday. Then when his vehicle was spotted late Thursday night near Lone Peak Parkway in Draper, the Utah Highway Patrol pursued him.

"It took about a mile before he decided to pull over, but his speeds never exceeded 75 miles per hour. I think that's about as fast as his pickup truck would go," said Jim Phelps of the U.S. Marshals Office.

Police say what followed was pretty tense, since Pendleton didn't comply right away.

"We couldn't tell whether he was armed or not. He wasn't cooperating with our demands to put his hands up," Phelps said. "So, during the course of his non-compliance, for our safety we decided to utilize a Taser. He was tased. That immediately took affect and dropped him to the ground."

Officers searched Pendleton's truck and found a black air-soft gun and evidence of copper theft. The stolen copper is believed to belong to several Draper businesses.

Members of the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team believe Pendleton didn't act alone.

"We're still looking for other individuals who are associates of his. There are plenty of people out there for us to chase," Phelps said.

Pendleton was taken to the Salt Lake County Jail. He previously faced charges for parole violation and now faces charges related to fleeing from police and burglary.


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