CEDAR CITY — A Colorado man and woman were arrested for investigation of drunken driving and other charges Monday after he fled in her car while officers were questioning her outside the vehicle.
The incident happened about 6:15 p.m. at 138 S. Main. Katrina Box had stepped out of her car and officers were conducting field sobriety tests, said Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden.
While officers were attending to her, passenger Anthony Mike, 31, of Colorado Springs, moved into the driver's seat and drove off.
Mike made "four small circles at a high rate of speed in the parking lot" before driving off, Roden said. Investigators believe Mike was circling the lot to try and get Box to jump into the car.
During the ensuing police chase, Mike "ran red lights and drove in a reckless manner with little regard for the safety of other motorists," the sergeant said.
Near 900 S. Main, an officer went ahead of Mike and used his patrol car to block him from driving into oncoming traffic.
"Mike continued toward the police vehicle and crashed into the side of the police cruiser," Roden said. "The suspect vehicle was traveling at a low speed at the time of the crash."
The officer was not injured.
Mike was arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail. He was subsequently charged in 5th District Court with failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer, a third-degree felony; DUI, a class B misdemeanor; reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a class B misdemeanor; and failure to stop at a red light, a class C misdemeanor.
While the chase was happening, Box also tried to run away from officers and fought with them, Roden said. Box was also booked into jail for investigation of DUI, disorderly conduct, interfering with an arrest, intoxication and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Roden said multiple open containers of alcohol were found in the car.
Official charges against her were pending Tuesday afternoon.
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