WEST JORDAN — Two people were arrested following an early morning chase in West Jordan that also resulted in a crash into a homeowner's fence, and cocaine and heroin being seized, according to police.
The wild series of events began about 8:30 a.m. when a West Jordan officer stopped a vehicle near a gas station at Jordan Landing, 3731 W. Jordan Landing Blvd., on suspicion of DUI.
The officer "immediatley smelled the odor of alcohol" on the driver's breath, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Chaundra Edmonds. When the driver became "belligerent and confrontational" as he was being taken into custody, the officer called for backup, she said.
But as the officer was putting handcuffs on the driver, the man who was in the passenger seat slid into the driver's seat and took off, according to police.
Shortly after, officers who were already driving toward the area received an anonymous tip that the fleeing car was near a store at the shopping center, 7156 Plaza Center Drive. Police spotted the car and a short chase ensued, Edmonds said. The chase was called off due to excessive speed, she said.
Police stopped the pursuit at 6150 S. Misty Drive (4141 West), but the driver continued to flee and crashed through a chain-link fence and into a wood fence at a residence two blocks later, Edmonds said. The car ended up wedged in the homeowner's fence.
The man got out of the car and ran. Neighbors pointed out to West Jordan police which way the man went, and officers from both West Jordan and the Unified Police Department set up a containment in the area, Edmonds said.
The man eventually tried to run past the containment but was confronted by a Unified officer who had drawn either his Taser or gun, she said.
"He put his hands up and immediately went to the ground and was taken into custody," Edmonds said.
When the second man was taken into custody about 9:45 a.m., detectives found a "large quantity of heroin and cocaine balloons" in his pocket, she said.
Police were trying to sort out the identities of the men, what they were planning to do with the drugs, why the driver was allegedly drunk at 8:30 in the morning, and where they got the car they were driving.
Both men claim they are 18, not in the country legally, and don't speak English, according to West Jordan police. One man said he was from Honduras, according Edmonds. She described the two men as not being cooperative and "less than truthful" with investigators.
One man claimed they were drinking at a bar in Kearns that night before when another man gave them the keys to his car, police stated. The car that crashed was not registered to either of the two arrested men, but it was not reported as stolen as of Sunday morning. Detectives were trying to track down the owner.