TOOELE — Police say a woman in a stolen vehicle with a stolen dog led them on a chase that reached speeds of 120 mph before an officer used his car to stop her, according to charging documents.
Wendianne Crystal Howk, 24, who is listed in court documents as homeless, was charged Tuesday in Tooele's 3rd District Court with theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony, aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, failing to stop at the command of an officer, a third-degree felony, reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, DUI, a class B misdemeanor, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, a class B misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
Just before 2 p.m. Monday, a Grantsville police officer was sent to check out a suspicious vehicle at the Walmart distribution center, 929 N. state Route 138, in Grantsville. The officer learned that a woman in a Toyota Tundra — that was later determined to be stolen out of Midvale — was driving around the property and acting as if she was going to hit an employee trying to stop her, swerving at the last moment, according to charging documents.
The woman drove from the Walmart but the vehicle was spotted by police on a side street going about 10 mph, the charges state.
"My lieutenant activated his emergency lights and the suspect vehicle sped up to speeds of 120 mph," according to charging documents. "The suspect vehicle then ran a stop sign and was almost hit by a semi driving southbound on (state Route) 138. … The suspect vehicle was driving at speeds of up to 120 mph and was reckless with other drivers on the road."
Other officers attempted to stop the truck by throwing a spike strip on the road, but "the suspect vehicle stopped and put the vehicle in reverse and drove around the spike strip," the charges state.
Just as the vehicle was about to get onto I-80, an officer performed a PIT maneuver on the truck, using his car to hit the pickup which caused it to spin out and stop, according to the charges. Howk was taken into custody.3 comments on this story
Howk had three outstanding warrants for her arrest at the time of the chase. She tested positive for THC and methamphetamine, according to police.
There was also in English bulldog in the vehicle that Howk allegedly stole along with the truck. She told investigators that "if it was not for the dog in vehicle she would not have been stopped," the charges state.
In December, Howk was convicted of attempted theft by receiving stolen property. But when she was scheduled to be sentenced in February, she failed to show up for court and a warrant was issued for her arrest, according to court documents.