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Police Chase Leaves Man Dead

Police Chase Leaves Man Dead



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HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) -- A man who led police on a chase died shortly after being taken into custody Friday.

The chase ended about two miles east of Heber City, near Lake Creek, after the man's pickup got stuck in a fence. He continued to try to get the truck unstuck when police arrived.

Police Chase Leaves Man Dead

"The truck was finally brought under control, but the suspect was still struggling," Wasatch County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jeff Winterton said.

"He was removed from the vehicle and placed into custody. At some point in time, officers discovered he was not breathing," he said.

Officers administered CPR, and he was transported to a Heber City hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man's age or identity were not immediately released. Winterton expected his identity and other information would be released Saturday after relatives had been notified.

The Wasatch County Sheriff's office is investigating the death, but was not involved in the incident.

It started Friday afternoon when several people reported an impaired driver was headed toward Heber City on S.R. 189.

A Heber City officer met the pickup at city limits, and attempted to stop it about 2:30 p.m.

Instead of stopping, the driver headed east, starting the chase with Heber City officers and Utah Highway Patrol troopers, Winterton said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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