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South Dakota man arrested after police chases in Colorado and Utah

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Oct. 23, 2020 at 10:01 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — A South Dakota man was arrested in southern Utah on Thursday after leading police from a couple of states and several counties on a wild high-speed chase.

Kaleb Michael Braun, 18, was booked into the San Juan County Jail for investigation of being in a stolen vehicle, failing to stop at the command of police, reckless driving, speeding, causing an accident, marijuana possession, not having a license and possession of tobacco by a minor.

Braun was in a vehicle listed as stolen by the Sioux Falls Police Department when he was spotted by officers in Colorado. A chase ensued and "was terminated unsuccessful at the Utah/Colorado state line," according to a police affidavit.

Braun was spotted again in Grand County "and again pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies and again terminated for safety reasons when it went into the city of Moab," the affidavit states.

About 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Braun was spotted by an officer in San Juan County who followed him without activating his emergency lights until Braun "sped up to over 100 mph and passed a semi-truck in a no passing zone," the affidavit says.

With law enforcement now chasing Braun once again with their emergency lights on, Braun allegedly accelerated to 111 mph and his tires went over a spike strip set up by police near Monticello. Deputies said they had to again back off, however, due to safety concerns.

"The vehicle was observed running the flashing red, four way stop light at Main and Center and was shown on radar to be traveling at 106 mph going through the intersection, a 30 mph posted speed zone," deputies wrote in the affidavit.

A short time later, the vehicle was found crashed on the driving range of the Monticello Hideout Golf Course.

"The vehicle had rolled a number of times and the driver was not in the vehicle," the affidavit states.


The vehicle ... was shown on radar to be traveling at 106 mph going through the intersection, a 30 mph posted speed zone.

–Police affidavit


Braun was found about 5 a.m. near the golf course and was taken to a local hospital after complaining of pain on his right side in his arm, ribs and leg, He told arresting officers that he was ejected through the window of his car when he crashed.

"The driver was asked why he wouldn't stop for police. He said he was afraid and did not want to go back to jail," the affidavit states.


The driver was asked why he wouldn’t stop for police. He said he was afraid and did not want to go back to jail.

–Police affidavit


Braun is currently on probation in South Dakota for a conviction of robbery as a juvenile that was transferred to adult court and had recently been bailed out of jail in South Dakota after being arrested for investigation of misdemeanor theft, according to police.

Pat Reavy

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