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Taylorsville Man in Custody After 38 Mile Pursuit


Posted On : 12/26/2016 3:58:06 PM

A Taylorsville man is in jail after he ran a red light and refused to stop for a Utah County Sheriff's Office Sergeant. He had several felony warrants and faces numerous new charges.


On December 26, 2016, at 8:55 AM, a Sergeant with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was preparing to turn left from Redwood Road onto Pony Express Parkway in Saratoga Springs. As the light turned green the driver of a white GMC Yukon, driving south, entered the median and passed cars who were preparing to continue south with the green light. The Sergeant turned and attempted to stop this person but the driver of the Yukon refused to pull over. The driver of the Yukon, Jonathan Cody Smith, age 23, of Taylorsville, drove at speeds in excess of 100 MPH south on Redwood Road (State Road 68). There was very little traffic as Deputies continued pursuing Smith. During the pursuit Smith repeatedly drove left of the center line, passed a car in a no passing zone, and ran a stop sign at the intersection of SR-68 and SR-6 in Elberta. SR-68 ends in this area but Smith continued south on 12800 West until he reached 17600 South where he turned east. The road turned into Goshen Slant Road, then Sandhill Road as Smith neared Goshen. Sandhill road is a very narrow, unmarked two lane road. In this area Smith lost control of his Yukon and crashed into a fence. Smith then got out of his car and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit Deputies took smith into custody without further incident. From where this pursuit began the distance over which Smith refused to stop for Deputies and Santaquin Officers was over 37 miles.

Smith sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. He has not been take to the Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork. Smith will be booked for the following charges: failure to stop for emergency vehicle, DUI-Drugs, 2 counts of possession of ID documents of another person, unlawful possession of a financial transaction card, possession of lost/stolen/mislaid property, failure to maintain lane of travel, unsafe passing, passing in a no passing zone, failure to stop on red light, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to signal, no brake light, obstructed license plate, no proof of insurance, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, exhibition of speed, and reckless driving.

Deputies also found three arrest warrants for Smith out of 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City. Each of those warrants were for incidents in 2015 and each had bail amounts of $25,000.00 cash only. Charges on those warrants include the following: theft, burglary, giving false personal identity to a peace officer, carrying a concealed weapon on a bus, possession of firearm by a restricted person, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of services, theft by receiving, and arson. Smith has an extensive criminal history as an adult since he turned 18 in 2011. Smith's criminal history includes, among other things, convictions for robbery, assault, burglary, receiving stolen property, drug possession, and arson. Smith is also currently on felony probation.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO


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