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Man in custody after leading police on pursuit reaching 'close to 100 mph' in stolen vehicle

By Yvette Cruz, | Posted - Apr 14th, 2019 @ 10:19pm

HURRICANE — A 35-year-old man is in custody after leading police on a brief pursuit with speeds reaching "close to 100 mph" in a stolen vehicle, officials report.

About 6:30 p.m., a Ford pickup truck was reported stolen from Washington City and later spotted by officers near a Walmart in Hurricane, according to Hurricane police officer Ken Thompson.

"There was a brief pursuit before the suspect ditched the vehicle and fled in a neighborhood on foot," he said.

The truck was left near the area of 700 West and 100 North where residents were told to "stay inside and lock your doors" as police continued searching for the man.

A reverse 911 call went out to residents who live within a mile radius of the area asking them to stay inside their homes and keep their doors locked, Thompson said.

Two firearms were inside the truck at the time it was stolen and were both recovered along with the vehicle.

Police located the man about 9:30 p.m. and took him into custody.

Residents in the area are no longer being asked to stay indoors but police ask the general public to avoid the area until the scene is cleared, Thompson said.

Further details were not immediately available.

Contributing: Natalie Mollinet, KSL TV

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