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Police: Drugs fueled early morning car chase in West Valley City

(Salt Lake County Jail)


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WEST VALLEY CITY — Police say drugs may have been the cause of an early morning chase through several cities that also required the help of the state police chopper.

Early Friday morning, a West Valley police officer spotted a car involved in suspicious activity and followed it. After a game of cat and mouse, the driver, 28-year-old Adam Haslam, took off on Bangerter Highway. Fortunately for police, the state chopper was up.

"The helicopter was able to pick up on the vehicle and follow it around the valley," Barker said. "It went north on 215, west on 201 to about 7200 West and then circled back."

As Haslam approached 5600 West and 5400 South, officers were ready with spikes and took out the tires. But Haslam tried to keep going on the rims.

"He's a parolee and he didn't want to be caught," Barker said.

Eventually Haslam was stopped and taken into custody. Investigators found an array of drugs in clear plastic bags in his car.

Police originally thought the car he was driving may have been stolen, but it wasn't. Haslam was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and forgery.

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