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Suspect arrested, drugs found following chase

By Shara Park | Posted - Feb. 11, 2010 at 7:16 a.m.



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Suspect arrested, drugs found following chase

WEST VALLEY CITY -- Police seized a large amount of drugs and arrested a man following a chase in West Valley City. The suspect faces a number of charges, including assault on a police officer and drug distribution.

An officer tried to pull over a driver around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Valley Fair Mall because the plates on the car didn't match the vehicle registration. The driver sped away and tried to hit a police officer's car.

Police pursued the car, which the driver ditched at an apartment complex near 3600 South and 2200 West. They say the driver assaulted a security guard who tried to stop him.

Suspect arrested, drugs found following chase

Police used a K-9 unit to track down the suspect. They found 35-year-old Ramon Santiago-Gonzalez hiding in a nearby backyard, arrested him and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail.

The security guard is OK. Police say Santiago-Gonzalez could face charges for that attack.

Police say they found cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the vehicle. They also believe Santiago-Gonzalez was in possession of a 9 mm handgun and possibly a shotgun.

Lt. Mike Coleman with the West Valley City Police Department said, "We believe the suspect did discard some ammunition while he was on foot fleeing officers. We have officers in the area searching to see if they can discover a handgun."

Police also are looking into whether gang affiliation is involved.

E-mail: spark@ksl.com

Shara Park

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