St. George Police Department

Police: Man arrested after screaming in St. George restaurant, fleeing from officers

By Graham Dudley, | Posted - Oct. 14, 2020 at 1:28 p.m.

ST. GEORGE — A 71-year-old Las Vegas man is in custody after police say he made a scene at a Village Inn restaurant, and then led police on a dangerous chase in St. George.

Raymond Dean Perry was arrested Tuesday for investigation of criminal trespass, reckless driving, failing to stop at the command of police, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without insurance and with a suspended license.

The incident began Tuesday about 5:40 p.m. when an officer responded to the restaurant at 29 River Road., where a caller said Perry was screaming, swearing and throwing things with another man. The caller suspected the men were on drugs, according to a probable cause statement.

When the officer arrived, Perry's vehicle was leaving the parking lot.

The officer pulled behind Perry and turned on his emergency lights; according to the statement, Perry then looked "directly" at the officer and "his eyes got big as if he was surprised" to see the officer. He sped out of the parking lot, turning south and almost causing multiple collisions, the officer wrote in the statement.

When the officer pursued Perry, Perry made a U-turn that caused more drivers to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision. "He came to a stop in the through lanes at St. George Blvd.," the officer wrote, "even though the light was green."

Perry then turned left, again in front of moving traffic, and eventually tried to get on northbound I-15. The officer was able to pull alongside Perry's car and box him in; Perry finally pulled over at that point.

The officer wrote in the statement that Perry was "extremely irate" when he approached the vehicle, "cursing and screaming" at him. "I noticed his speech was slurred," the officer wrote, "and he was unable to sit still." The officer also noted a "strong chemical odor" on Perry's breath.

The officer then conducted field sobriety tests on Perry, who needed a walker to stand and move. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Perry refused a blood test at the police station, but police obtained a warrant and drew blood from Perry's arm.

While inspecting the vehicle during Perry's arrest, the officer wrote, police found a "large glass pipe" with burned methamphetamine in the bowl. They also discovered that Perry had a suspended driver's license, that the vehicle registration had been expired since 2015, and that Perry had no insurance.

Another officer followed up with workers at Village Inn, who said Perry was "screaming and cursing" on his cellphone inside the store and angrily refused to leave when asked to do so. They requested he be charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, the statement says.

Graham Dudley

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