WEST JORDAN — Two people were arrested following an early morning chase in West Jordan that also resulted in a crash 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.
After detecting alcohol on the driver’s breath, the officer arrested the man. But as she 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.
After backup officers spotted the car, a short chase ensued. The chase was called off due to excessive speed, according to police.
The driver continued to flee, even after police backed off, and crashed through a chain-link fence and into a wood fence at a residence, police stated.
The man got out of the car and ran. West Jordan police, along officers from Unified police, set up a containment in the area and eventually caught the man as he tried to run past them.
When police arrested the second man, they found balloons of heroin and cocaine in his pocket, according to police.
Both men claim they are 18 and not in the country legally and don’t speak English, according to West Jordan police. One man said he was from Honduras, according to police. Investigators said Sunday the men were not being cooperative with investigators, who were still trying to determine exactly what happened and verify their identities.
One man claimed they were drinking at a bar in Kearns 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.