2 arrested after pursuit ends in Brigham City

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BRIGHAM CITY — A man suspected to be involved in a pursuit in Tremonton last week was arrested Thursday after leading officers on another pursuit, police said.

Jesse Lopez, 31, of Ogden, was arrested in connection with the pursuit, as well as resisting arrest and parole violation. Alicia Johnson, 28, was also arrested in connection with the pursuit and heroin possession.

Ogden Police Lt. Brian Eynon said Lopez was suspected of being involved in a separate police pursuit in Tremonton on Dec. 19, in which four people were inside a vehicle that fled from police. When police attempted to arrest the driver of that vehicle who had fled on foot, the other occupants inside the vehicle drove off and fled the area.

On Thursday shortly before 7:45 p.m., an Ogden police officer spotted a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that Lopez was driving, according to Eynon and Ogden Police Lt. Clint Christensen.

The police officer followed the Grand Am and waited until more officers were able to reach the area before attempting to pull the vehicle over. Lopez sped off when police activated their lights, Christensen said.

He said the vehicle went north near the 12th block of Wall Avenue before turning onto 12th Street and driving onto northbound I-15. The pursuit remained on I-15 to Brigham City, where Utah Highway Patrol troopers deployed a spike strip in an attempt to end the chase, which punctured two or three tires.

The vehicle drove into Brigham City where the pursuit continued through the city until it ended at 700 N. 300 East, Christensen said. Lopez then fled on foot before he was apprehended. Christensen said a Taser was deployed at some point during the arrest.

Johnson, who was riding in the vehicle during the pursuit, was taken into custody without incident. Christensen said Johnson also called South Ogden police during the pursuit to report her vehicle, which was the one apparently used in the pursuit, was stolen.

Christensen added at least two Ogden police cars received damage in the pursuit when the deployed spike strip punctured the vehicles’ tires.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com.


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