ST. GEORGE – Utah Highway Patrol arrested an Iowa man Sunday for possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving after the man allegedly stole gas in Richfield.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday, while monitoring traffic on Interstate 15 near milepost 21, UHP Trooper Grant Hintze spotted a southbound black truck traveling just over 100 mph, according to a probable cause statement filed by Hintze in support of the arrest.
Hintze exited the median and began following the truck in order to conduct a traffic stop. He caught up to the speeding truck near milepost 19 and pulled the truck over.
Before exiting his patrol car, Hintze said he noticed the truck was a Toyota Tundra and had Nebraska plates. The truck’s description matched an attempt to locate put out by Cedar City dispatch 15 minutes prior to the traffic stop. The truck had been reported stolen, and the driver was wanted for gas theft in Richfield.
Hintze notified dispatch that he had the stolen vehicle stopped and needed assistance.
“I approached the passenger side window with my gun drawn for safety,” Hintze wrote in the statement. “I made verbal contact with the driver and had him step out of the vehicle, in which he complied.”
Hintze placed the driver in handcuffs and was able to identify Levi Joseph Oelberg by his Iowa driver’s license. Hintze asked Oelberg if the truck was registered to him and Oelberg said it was. However, after running the Nebraska license plate, the truck came back as reported stolen.
Oelberg was arrested and charged with one second-degree felony for possession of a stolen vehicle and one class B misdemeanor for reckless driving.
Oelberg was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Sunday. His bail is set at $10,680.
The Richfield County Attorney’s Office will work with the Washington County Attorney’s Office to add charges stemming from the Richfield gas theft, Hintze said.
Oelberg made his initial court appearance Monday and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Nov. 17. According to booking information, he has not been released from custody.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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