Fugitive evades police by jumping into canal

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BLUFFDALE -- A man wanted on several outstanding warrants ran from police and then disappeared for a time after jumping into a canal.

A Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy was investigating a car parked in a construction area in Bluffdale near 15000 South and 1500 West in the river bottoms area around 8 a.m.

Inside the car the deputy found a man and woman talking. They both gave their names and the deputy went back to check on the information they gave him. While the deputy was in his patrol vehicle the man got out and took off running. He then jumped into a large canal which is about 10 feet deep and 20 feet across.

"He kind of disappeared for a period of time," said Salt Lake County sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson. "He went under for a period of time and obviously moved fairly quickly with the flow of the water. He was able to get away prior to us being able to establish a containment."

Police later found where the suspect had exited the canal about 200 yards downstream.

Back in the car, the woman left behind eventually told deputies the man's real name. He apparently had given his brother's name instead.

The suspect is a 19-year-old wanted on some outstanding warrants on misdemeanor charges. Hutson says the man will now face more charges because of his getaway. Police also found some drug paraphernalia in the car.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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