HURRICANE, Washington County — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 35-year-old man after a traffic stop led to a high-speed chase Saturday night.
Adam Brett Wallin is at large and the car’s driver, 22-year-old Bailey Boshay Gillies, is in custody.
According to Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse in a news release, the chase began when a deputy initiated a stop on a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero on state Route 18 near the town of Central. Though the car initially pulled over, it then fled the scene and deputies pursued the vehicle southbound.
Crouse said Wallin and Gillies were “wanted in connection to active criminal investigations” and warrants originating from the Fifth District Court in St. George.
Deputies deployed stop sticks and successfully deflated at least two of the Oldsmobile’s tires as it reached speeds of up to 70 mph during the pursuit. Near the town of Diamond Valley, the car was in a single-vehicle crash and caught fire, Crouse said.
Wallin fled the vehicle after the crash, and Gillies was arrested and taken in for medical evaluation.
“Deputies are currently searching for the male passenger with the assistance of K-9 units, local police departments and the Utah Highway Patrol helicopter,” Crouse said in the release. “As a precaution, a reverse 911 message was sent out to the residents of Diamond Valley alerting them to the ongoing search for the outstanding suspect.”
Gillies was later booked into jail, and Crouse said charges were pending as the investigation is ongoing.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said the Washington County deputy initiated the stop on state Route 15. This article has been updated to show the correct state route.