Driver runs from troopers during traffic stop

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- UHP Troopers are still looking for a man who led them on a foot chase Wednesday morning. They found a gun and meth in his car.

Troopers say the suspect ran from the Interstate-215 freeway to the Valley Fair Mall parking lot, then onto Constitution Blvd. That's when troopers lost sight of him.

Around 4:50 a.m. a trooper pulled over 36-year-old Jerry Vigil for expired registration. They stopped on the I-215 northbound shoulder around 3500 south. Apparently Vigil was cooperating, chatting for several minutes with the trooper. When the officer went to check the inside of the car, Vigil bolted.

UHP Trooper Cameron Roden said, "They were initially on the northbound lanes, so they ran across the northbound lanes, across the southbound lanes and down towards Valley Fair Mall."

After he ran across those eight lanes of traffic, he entered the Valley Fair Mall parking lot, then onto 2700 West toward the neighborhood.

Troopers and West Valley City police set up a containment area, but could not locate him. UHP believes Vigil also led West Valley officers on another chase at the end of July.

"He is out of West Valley, 35-year-old male that matches pretty close to the same description," Roden said.

Vigil was recently released from Utah State Prison and had several suspicious items in his father's car Wednesday morning, including a handgun, meth, counterfeit money and some of his mail.

Investigators have already visited his listed address and are talking with family members to see if they know where he might be. If you have any information, please call UHP or West Valley City Police.

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