A Kearns man was jailed Saturday, accused of brandishing a firearm, stealing a van, leading police on a high-speed chase and crashing into three vehicles.
West Valley Police Sgt. Charles Illsley said the crime spree began at 11:15 p.m. Friday, when a man tried to cook up some methamphetamine in his sister's kitchen at the Scottsdale Apartments, 4000 S. Redwood Road.A loud altercation ensued when the sister and her boyfriend refused to allow the drug lab, Illsley said. About a half-dozen neighbors called police to report the fight, which spilled out into the parking lot.
There, the man jumped into his sister's van and fled at a high rate of speed just as officer Lance Call arrived on the scene. Illsley said the van eluded police and disappeared somewhere around 2100 S. Redwood Road. A few minutes later, a Metro Gang Unit officer spotted the van speeding east on California Avenue (1330 South) and followed it without giving pursuit.
Illsley said the driver of the van continued to run red lights and stop signs even though, at this point, no one was chasing him. At 1100 S. West Temple, the van jumped the curb and drove through a grove of trees, then returned to the roadway, traveled the wrong way on a one way street, ran another red light and stop sign and crashed into a car at about 1050 S. State.
For unknown reasons, the driver of that car fled the scene, Illsley said. The van then hit a second car, which allowed Call and other officers to catch up and surround it. Then the driver backed into Call's car, getting the van's wheel well caught up on the patrol car's fender.
The driver of the van accelerated in a bid to escape, which caused his tire to spin and burn on the patrol car's fender. He then locked himself in the vehicle and refused to come out. Illsley said officers finally broke the window and dragged him out.
Anthony J. Edmond, 23, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for felony fleeing, auto theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.