Police chase ends with arrest of alleged serial bank robber

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TAYLORSVILLE — A suspected serial bank robber has been arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through various cities in Salt Lake County.

James T. Carey, 39, led police on the chase through parts of Murray, Sugar House and the west side of Salt Lake City before finally being arrested at about 4:15 p.m. when police spiked his tires at about 5600 South and Redwood Road.

Carey is a suspect in the bank robbery that occurred Monday at a Chase bank in Millcreek. Carey is a wanted federal fugitive who is suspected of several past bank robberies.

The chase reached speeds of 80 mph, but "ironically, the suspect did slow down through a school zone," according to Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.

Winder said the suspect was captured thanks to "good, old-fashioned detective work."

Unified Police Department detectives had been gathering information on Carey for 24 hours prior to the chase, according to Winder. They tracked him to a hotel on the east side of Salt Lake County, at which point he fled. Winder could not share details of how the suspect was tracked.

Ironically, the suspect did slow down through a school zone.

–Sheriff Jim Winder

"Had we been able to not put citizens in jeopardy, we could have intercepted him before he got in his vehicle, but we couldn't have done it safely," Winder said.

Winder said "it was clear from (Carey's) actions and past" that the man would not be taken into custody easily. Even after his tires were spiked and an officer collided with his car as a part of a pit maneuver, Carey continued to resist arrest. It took a K-9 officer and a Taser to take Carey in.

Winder said the string of recent bank robberies in the area in which the suspects have been captured have left police on heightened alert. He said police are working on another case possibly related to the Chase bank robbery.

"We may have some more information in the future about a potential suspect associated with this gentleman," he said. "We're still working on that."



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