Dangerous high-speed chase reaches 84 mph on State Street in Hurricane

HURRICANE – A man driving a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo led police on a high-speed chase through Hurricane Sunday afternoon, reaching speeds up to 84 mph before crashing his car into a construction truck parked near 300 S. State Street in LaVerkin.

Just before 4 p.m., an attempt-to-locate bulletin was issued for the white Chevrolet car after witnesses reported the driver, a 71-year-old man from Smithfield, Utah, was driving erratically and heading into oncoming traffic, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office press statement issued Monday.

Washington County deputies, and Hurricane City and LaVerkin City police officers attempted to stop the vehicle for several miles, beginning near Interstate 15 Exit 16 on state Route 9 and continuing on through Hurricane and LaVerkin.

During the pursuit, the man left a trail of destruction, striking another vehicle on state Route 9 near 3400 W. State Street and damaging signage and construction traffic cones as he drove, the statement said.

Officers were prepared to set up road spikes to deflate the tires of the vehicle as the man continued on at a high rate of speed, running a red light, driving up over the median and leaving the roadway several times.

The chase came to end when the man collided head-on with a construction truck parked near 300 S. State Street in LaVerkin.

The cause of the ordeal was related to some kind of medical episode, Washington County Chief Deputy Shauna Jones said, and the man was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

The man was the only occupant of the Chevrolet car, according to the statement, and no serious injuries were reported as a result of either collision.

The incident is still under investigation, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor, the statement said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • ladybugavenger April 13, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    “medical episode” Let’s speculate on what medical episode would cause heading into wrong side of traffic, driving erratically, a high speed chase and running head on into a consctruction truck….was he unconscious while the cops were chasing him??

    • fun bag April 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      meth withdrawls…

    • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

      You know this could of been an attempted suicide because somebody walked off with the bulls penis. doesn’t take much to set off hurrikanian meth head

    • lisa April 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

      That is my grandpa, and he went into diabetic shock.http://www.gofundme.com/rs9z4v4

      • ladybugavenger April 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm

        So does that mean he became confused and perhaps passed out at the wheel?

      • ladybugavenger April 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm

        I read the go fund me page. His blood sugar was almost non existent. Thanks for sharing the “medical episode” that so many of us our curious about. Hope your grandpa recovers fully from bumps and bruises and hangs up his keys to the car. Hanging up the keys and not driving is sometimes difficult for the elderly to do but I hope he comes to that conclusion that its best.

      • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm


  • fun bag April 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    yea it became a medical emergency after he slammed head on into the dump truck. Before that it was just some old coot out for a high speed joy ride. Need a reckless driving charge here.

    • native born new mexican April 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Are you ashamed of yourself yet fun bag? Guess you were not only wrong but very rude! I saw this accident on my way home. I am very glad it was no worse than it was.

      • sagemoon April 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

        I’ve got to admit, when I visualize an old coot out for a high speed joy ride, it does make me smile. “Yee haw, I’ll show them young whipper snapper coppers how to drive! Woo hoo!”

      • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        Are you ashamed of yourself.? you should be

  • ladybugavenger April 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm


  • Free Parking April 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Wow another PTSD episode in good ole Hurrykun somebody should of had the car medically cleared.! Shood a just a tooked a cab

  • Real Life April 13, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    That’s a long way to go, around curves, up and down hills, and through many neighborhoods, for a “medical episode”.

  • lisa April 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    That is my grandpa and he went into diabetic shock. We are so grateful that he will be fine and that no one got hurt. It could have been so much worse! Prayers rather than criticism would be appreciated.http://www.gofundme.com/rs9z4v4

    • ladybugavenger April 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Did he go to the hospital?

      • lisa April 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        Yes, he was released yesterday with only minor injuries.. whip lash and bruising.

    • Mean Momma April 14, 2015 at 11:42 am

      I’m sorry for your grandfather and hope he fully recovers. I have to say though that your family should not let him drive any longer after this episode. Scary for him and everyone else.

      • lisa April 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        Thank you for your thoughts, we are thinking his license will probably be revoked. It is definitely something that is hard with things like diabetes and epilepsy. Where most the time everything is fine and they are safe in the road, but there is always that chance.

    • sagemoon April 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks for setting the record straight, Lisa. There is always a lot of speculation over the words “medical episode.” I hope your grandpa is okay.

      • lisa April 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        Thank you 🙂 he should recover fine!

      • Real Life April 14, 2015 at 1:24 pm

        Yes Lisa, it’s nice to understand what really happens sometimes. Sorry to jump to conclusions.

  • fun bag April 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    NO NO NO AND NO. that is no excuse. your grand daddy putting other folk’s lives at risk because he doesn’t properly manage his condition. get him off the road for good!

  • fun bag April 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    also amazing how quickly folks slap up a gofundme page. gofundme should be a last resort! shame on you!

  • ladybugavenger April 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Doesn’t your grandpa have medicare? And auto insurance? Fun Bag maybe I should set up a go fund me account for a 24 hour donut shop

    • fun bag April 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      gofundme is basically scam central. You can set up a gofund for ur donut shop and i’ll set one up for my oyster farm. everybody wins

      • Free Parking April 15, 2015 at 12:55 am

        Wooooohoooooooo yeah an Oyster Farm.! I love it

  • Free Parking April 15, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Yeah I’m a gonna set me up an account on gofundme an see what I can do about getting some money so I can declare war on drugs…. so please give all you can and just say no to drugs.!

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