SALINA, Sevier County — One woman was arrested following a police chase and standoff on I-70 Thursday that shut the freeway down for several hours.
The incident began just after 8:30 a.m. when a Utah Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a female driver between Richfield and Salina because the license plate on her vehicle didn't match the car it was registered to, according to the UHP. The woman refused to pull over and a chase followed with speeds reaching up to 90 mph.
Two of the woman's tires were spiked near U.S. 6, but she continued another mile until a trooper performed a PIT maneuver, causing the woman's vehicle to spin out and stop, according to a UHP statement.Comment on this story
As a trooper approached the vehicle, he saw that the woman was holding a handgun to her chin. Law enforcers backed away and called for a negotiator. About 12:20 p.m., authorities persuaded the woman to put down the gun and surrender. No one else was in the vehicle.
The name of the woman was not immediately available. She was taken to a Richfield hospital for an unspecified reason and was expected to be booked later into the Sevier County Jail.
Part of the freeway was shut down for several hours as law enforcers tried to talk the woman into surrendering.