Brothers wanted in California murder investigation arrested in police chase in Utah

Brothers wanted in California murder investigation arrested in police chase in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two men wanted in connection with a homicide in California were arrested in Utah following a chase.

Jeremy Edward Bailey, 20, and Chris Corbit, 25, were arrested near Green River following a pursuit by Utah Highway Patrol troopers, and deputies from the Emery and Grand County sheriff’s offices.

According to a jail booking affidavit, a trooper spotted the men just before 8 p.m. on Sunday on I-70.

“As I was following the vehicle westbound while waiting for more units, the subject vehicle abruptly took the mile marker 164 exit toward Green River. Once on Highway 19, I initiated my overhead emergency lights in an attempt to stop the subject vehicle,” the arresting trooper wrote in his jail booking affidavit.

The men acted as if they were going to pull over, then sped off, the affidavit states.

“A short pursuit of the vehicle commenced before the subject vehicle crashed into a concrete wall,” according to the affidavit.

According to a statement from the Nebraska State Patrol, Bailey and Corbit are brothers and were spotted in North Platte, Nebraska, earlier on Sunday. The two are wanted in connection to a homicide in Porterville, California, about an hour north of Bakersfield.

The Fresno Bee reported that 22-year-old Adonis Tapia was killed in a drive-by shooting on Jan. 2 just outside the Porterville city limits.

The brothers then fled to Nebraska where they have family, according to the GV Wire out of Fresno.

In addition to being arrested on warrants, Bailey was booked into the Emery County Jail for investigation of failing to stop at the command of an officer.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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