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2 parole fugitives among 3 arrested following wild overnight chase in Salt Lake Valley

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Apr. 3, 2020 at 12:18 p.m.



WEST VALLEY CITY — Three people, including two wanted parole fugitives, were arrested early Friday following a chase with police from several jurisdictions.

West Valley police have been investigating a series of business burglaries over the past few months and located a suspect’s vehicle near 3100 South and 5600 West about 2 a.m., West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said.

“Officers prepared to stop the vehicle and deploy spikes in front of the vehicle. A successful spike deployment disabled one tire,” she said.

However, the vehicle continued to drive. About a minute into the chase, police were able to successfully spike all four tires, Vainuku said.

“The driver continued fleeing on all four rims, westbound on 3500 South and then north on 8000 West for approximately six more minutes at speeds of 20-25 mph,” she said.

The driver then got onto state Route 201 where two Utah Highway Patrol troopers attempted to disable the vehicle by conducting a PIT maneuver, Vainuku said.

“The driver rammed the two UHP troopers, disabling one vehicle. Officers from our agency and other outside agencies started shutting down on/off ramps to the freeway farther east,” she said.

The chase ended at Bangerter Highway after a Unified police officer conducted another PIT maneuver and the fleeing driver “rammed another UPD vehicle head-on,” Vainuku said.

Police said Kenneth Dunn, 51, a parole fugitive, was driving the car and was arrested for investigation of two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and evading, as well as for his parole warrants. Police also arrested Juan Rocha, 51, and Linda Tassone, 39, another parole fugitive.

No injuries were reported.

Pat Reavy

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