WEST VALLEY CITY — A man arrested after police say he led them on a 20-minute chase that ended in a crash on Thursday has been charged in federal court with drug distribution.
A federal complaint was filed under seal on Wednesday against Mat Tat Le, 44, of Salt Lake City, alleging methamphetamine distribution. Le was involved in the trafficking of meth and bath salts, according to charging documents.
On Jan. 22, agents from the State Bureau of Investigation and the FBI arranged to buy meth from Le using a decoy, the charges state.
Wednesday night, members of the FBI’s Safe Street Task Force, a group made up of federal, state and local agencies that focuses on gang and violent crimes investigation, attempted to arrest Le.
A West Valley officer tried to pull over Le near 2900 West and 3100 South. He sped away and a 20-minute chase ensued, police say. It ended in Salt Lake City after Le’s tires were spiked, his car crashed, and he got out and ran, but was chased down by officers and arrested.
The federal complaint was unsealed in court Thursday during Le’s initial appearance. He was being held Friday in the Davis County Jail without bail.
Le was previously convicted in federal court on drug- and gun-related charges in 2012, and was sentenced to five years in federal prison, account to court records. Before that, he was convicted in federal court in Texas for bank fraud and ordered to serve a year in prison.
In state court, he was convicted of failing to stop at the command of an officer in 2008, and attempted assault by a prisoner in 2009, according to court records.