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Street racer in Ogden causes 4-car crash, police say

Ogden police arrested a man Saturday after they say he was street racing, then caused a four-car collision while trying to flee officers.

Ogden police arrested a man Saturday after they say he was street racing, then caused a four-car collision while trying to flee officers. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



OGDEN — An 18-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after police say he was street racing and caused a four-car crash at a busy Ogden intersection while trying to flee from officers.

Karmen Wade Mestas was arrested for investigation of failing to respond to an officer's signals to stop and causing an injury accident, reckless driving and exhibition driving.

Just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police in the area of 22nd Street and Washington Boulevard noticed a Honda Civic being driven recklessly. The vehicle "took off at a high rate of speed from a group of cars" and "appeared to be showing off for the other vehicles and racing," a police booking affidavit states.

When officers attempted to pull the driver of the Honda over, he took off and ran two red lights, the affidavit states. The second red light was at the intersection of 20th Street and Washington Boulevard, where Mesta caused a four-car crash, according to police.

An 18-year-old man in the passenger seat of the Honda suffered a concussion and a large cut to his chin.

"When I attempted to speak with the passenger, he struggled to remember the conversation we were having. Not only did this incident pose a significant risk of serious bodily injury or death, but the passenger also appears to be suffering from several different forms of serious disfigurement," an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Mestas had minor injuries and was booked into the Weber County Jail.

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