Wanted fugitive arrested after allegedly ramming 2 police cars

A Santaquin fugitive with a history of drug-related arrests was taken into custody Wednesday after deputies say he rammed two police cars in an effort to escape.

A Santaquin fugitive with a history of drug-related arrests was taken into custody Wednesday after deputies say he rammed two police cars in an effort to escape. (Yukai Peng, Deseret News)



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DRAPER — A wanted fugitive with a history of drug convictions was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to escape by ramming two police cars.

Chad Michael Llewellyn, 29, of Santaquin, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, three counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, reckless endangerment, failing to stop for police, DUI, interfering with an arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

About 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, a Utah County sheriff's deputy spotted Llewellyn driving on I-15 near Lehi. Llewellyn had an outstanding warrant issued by the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole and was a wanted fugitive.

"That warrant warned that Llewellyn should be considered armed and dangerous. With this information the deputy called for backup to make a traffic stop," the Utah County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Deputies also learned that Llewellyn "had an extensive history of using and selling drugs," according to a police booking affidavit.

Deputies in unmarked cars got in position and followed Llewellyn as he exited the freeway at 14600 South in Draper. When he stopped at a gas station, officers moved in and surrounded his vehicle,

"They ordered Llewellyn out, but instead he accelerated and rammed two police cars. He kept his foot on the accelerator and would not comply with orders to get out of the car. Deputies and detectives broke windows on both sides of the car and pulled Llewellyn and his passenger out of the car. Only then were they able to reach into the car, put it in park, and turn it off," according to the sheriff's office.

No one was injured, but the sheriff's office said one of its patrol cars "may be a total loss."

When questioned by deputies, Llewellyn stated that he had been using methamphetamine daily, including taking "a few hits" earlier that day, the affidavit states.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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