Driver in two alleged hit-and-run accidents leads chase on I-15

Published: Monday, March 10 2014 10:19 p.m. MDT

A driver allegedly fleeing two hit-and-run accidents led police on a chase through Utah County on Monday.

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PAYSON — A driver allegedly fleeing two hit-and-run accidents led police on a chase through Utah County on Monday.

James Cottrell, 61, of Peterson, Morgan County, was driving a gold BMW when police say he collided with a vehicle on southbound I-15 near Draper, then hit another car near Lindon, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Rich Christensen.

Neither accident was serious or caused any injury.

UHP trooper Jeff Dutson spotted Cottrell as he was passing Orem and began to pursue him with lights and sirens activated. The chase reached speeds up to 80 mph before troopers spiked two of the BMW's tires near Benjamin, Christensen said.

Cottrell continued driving on the BMW's rims until Dutson performed a PIT maneuver and stopped him near Payson.

Christensen said it appears Cottrell was experiencing a possible medical condition and was taken to Mountain View Hospital as a precaution. Police are also investigating possible DUI charges.

A search of court records revealed no prior charges against Cottrell with the exception of minor traffic infractions.

— McKenzie Romero

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