Two Orem men were arrested Thursday after police said they led officers from three jurisdictions on a chase for nearly three hours.
Officers pursued two men from 400 South on Geneva Road onto 2000 North in Lindon, back to north Orem and eventually to the top of Squaw Peak Road in Provo Canyon.The chase began about 11:15 a.m. when officers spotted a Dodge pickup truck that had been stolen from the Christensen Dodge auto dealer earlier in the day. The truck was also towing a stolen air compressor on a stolen 12-foot trailer, said Orem Police Lt. Bob Conner.
The compressor bounced out of the trailer as the truck climbed Squaw Peak Road.
Police chased the truck and trailer from the Geneva Road/
Center Street intersection into Orem traffic, on 1200 North to 800 East and east on 800 North up into the canyon for approximately 30-45 minutes, sometimes reaching speeds of up to 90 mph.
The vehicle was estimated to be traveling well above that, at one time going down the turn lane in the middle of a road.
"I was going over 90 miles an hour and couldn't get close to him," said one officer during the chase. "I'm going to back off."
"This guy's really whacked out. He's going to crash here," another officer said.
Officers said the men parked on Squaw Peak Road and fled on foot into the brushy, wooded area near Hope Campground. Officers continued the chase, calling in help from the Utah County K-9 patrol and a search plane.
A police dog spotted one of the suspects hiding in a tree about 2 p.m. and the other suspect was located about 20 yards away, Conner said. They were both arrested without incident.
Officers from Orem, Pleasant Grove, the Utah County Sheriff's Office and the Utah Highway Patrol participated in the chase and eventual capture. Wasatch County police were alerted and asked to check the Provo Canyon roads, and Alpine-Highland police officers were standing by in case the truck went into American Fork Canyon.
Police say the truck's license plates had been stolen from another vehicle.
Karl McGilvary, 22, Orem, and Michael Archibald, 24, address unknown, were arrested in connection with the chase. Both were in custody Friday morning in the Orem City Jail, Conner said. The men were to be transported to the Utah County Security Center later Friday.