BRIGHAM CITY — A 38-year-old Idaho man who allegedly drove erratically for about an hour and held his passenger against her will was arrested in Utah Sunday night after he was hit with a Taser following a chase.
About 9 p.m., the Utah Highway Patrol was alerted to a speeding vehicle coming in from Idaho near the I-84/I-15 merge. When a trooper spotted the vehicle, the driver wasn't speeding, however he was "all over the road," said Utah Department of Public Safety spokesman Joe Dougherty.
The trooper got behind the man to pull him over and the driver signaled as if he were about to comply. But instead, he sped away. The trooper followed as the driver got off the freeway at the Honeyville exit and ran through two stop signs going 35-40 mph, Dougherty said.
It was during the chase that a woman in the passenger seat of the vehicle called 911. The woman told dispatchers she was scared and feared for her life and was trying to tell the man, who had a $5,000 warrant out for his arrest, to surrender, he said.
"It rose to the level that she was being held against her will," Dougherty said. "She threatened to jump out of the car. … He wouldn't let her out."
Dispatchers talked the woman out of jumping from the moving vehicle.
The pursuing trooper attempted a PIT maneuver, using his vehicle to bump the fleeing car and causing it to spin out of control and stop. But the fleeing driver recovered and got back on state Route 38 toward Brigham City.
The car was now traveling up to 75 mph. Officers were able to spike the man's tires about 10 p.m., but the vehicle kept going into Brigham City and finally stopped after hitting a light pole, Dougherty said.
The driver got out of the car and ran. He was captured after being tasered by police. Officers from four jurisdictions participated in the pursuit.
Joseph Palmer was booked into the Box Elder County Jail for investigation of evading, kidnapping and DUI. Palmer has had multiple previous DUI convictions, Dougherty said.
The woman who was in the vehicle with Palmer was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Alcohol was found in the vehicle, according to investigators.
The man and woman were friends who were driving to Tremonton to visit some acquaintances.
Contributing: Molly Farmer