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VERNAL — A brief high-speed chase ended Wednesday night when the man who was fleeing from deputies ran out of gas.

A deputy tried to pull over a driver for speeding about 9 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Vernal Avenue, Uintah County Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Fletcher said.

The driver stopped for the stop sign at 1500 South then took off northbound on Vernal Avenue, failing to stop at the stop sign at 500 South and for a red light at Main Street, Fletcher said.

Speeds reached 90 mph during the chase before the driver's vehicle ran out of gas and he pulled off the road near 1500 N. Vernal Ave., Fletcher said.

Deputies arrested Victor Garcia, 28, and booked him into jail for investigation of evading and driving on a denied license. A passenger in the vehicle was detained but later released.

Garcia told deputies he thought there were warrants for his arrest and that officers were looking for him, Fletcher said. There were no warrants outstanding for Garcia's arrest, but Vernal police were looking for him in reference to an alleged assault, the corporal said.

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