Police chase in Southern Utah ends when officers find suspect hiding — in car trunk

Composite stock image | St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A suspect was arrested in Santa Clara Tuesday night for felony evading and multiple warrants after officers became suspicious during a traffic stop and later found the suspect hiding in a peculiar spot.

2021 file photo for illustrative purposes only of Washington City Police officers responding to Telegraph Street in Washington City, Utah, Oct. 22, 2021 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The arrest stems from an incident that began earlier in the evening in Washington City, when an officer there advised that a suspect wanted on several warrants was spotted in the area. And it ended after police made several attempts to open a car trunk but were thwarted by the suspect who was in the trunk and continued to pull the door shut.

According to court documents, shortly thereafter, the officer spotted a suspect matching the description of the man they were looking for shortly after 5 p.m., who was heading down 100 East in a gray Nissan Altima.

The officer watched as the Altima “quickly” turned onto 200 South heading east, and as soon as the suspect spotted the patrol unit, the suspect turned “at the last second” onto 100 East heading south.

Halfway down the roadway, the car came to a stop. The officer activated the emergency lights and got behind the car. As soon as the driver exited, he was asked to walk towards the patrol car, and when the suspect reportedly failed to comply, the officer drew his weapon while the suspect jumped back into the car and sped off.

The suspect continued south along 200 East at more than 50 mph and then blew through the intersection at 300 East, narrowly avoiding a collision with a Washington City Police detective driving an unmarked patrol unit.

The pursuit continued onto Telegraph Street at a high rate of speed, as the suspect swerved around several cars to evade police. The chase then was deemed an “unnecessary danger to the public” and was terminated.

The driver was then identified as a 37-year-old Ivins man, Bo Brandon Biscamp, who had five active warrants for his arrest.

About two hours later, an officer spotted the Altima and in Santa Clara and conducted a traffic stop on the car. The woman driving the vehicle reportedly told officers that earlier that evening, the suspect called and told her he had dropped off the car in Hurricane and asked her to get the car. She also said she had been driving the Altima for the past 30 minutes or so.

While speaking with the driver, officers asked the woman to open the trunk, and as she attempted to do so, the trunk door “was pulled shut” presumably by the suspect who officers suspected was hiding in there.

2018 file photo of Santa Clara-Ivins Police vehicle, location unspecified, July 11, 2018 | File photo courtesy of the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, St. George News

When the trunk door was opened, the suspect was pulled out, arrested and transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility where he was booked into jail. Officers from Washington City responded to the jail and verified the suspect being booked was Biscamp, who was also wearing the same baseball cap and clothing he had on during the pursuit in Washington City.

The suspect faces multiple charges between the two agencies, including a third-degree felony count of evading and for drug possession. He also faces five misdemeanor charges that include one count each of obstruction of justice, for reportedly hiding in the trunk, as well as for evading police, driving on a suspended license and for reckless driving.

He was booked into jail on the five active warrants. The officer also requested that Biscamp be held without bail, citing the suspect has shown he is a flight risk and poses a danger to the public “if contacted in regards to arrest warrants.”

The request was approved and the suspect remains in jail without bail.

This report is based on statements from court records, police or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2022, all rights reserved.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!