WENDOVER, Utah – A car chase on Interstate 80 reached speeds of more than 100 mph before police spiked the car’s tires, but it continued to drive into Wendover.
The Wendover Police Department reported the chase began at about 8 a.m. Friday east of the state line when the Utah Highway Patrol tried to pull over a stolen vehicle. The driver would not stop, so troopers requested Wendover police spike the vehicle’s tires.
The tires were spiked four miles east of the state line but the car continued to travel on its rims, crossing into the opposite lane on I-80.
“The suspect vehicle fled into Wendover, Utah, and rammed Officer [Nic] Francis’ patrol car twice,” stated police.
KSL television in Salt Lake City spoke with Francis, who told them he rammed the car to get it to stop.
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“Just from what was being called out by the troopers, I knew he was going towards a residential (area) and a school. A Head Start school,” Francis said, so he rammed the car straight-on.
“The stolen vehicle was eventually stopped on the 400 block of Eighth Street by UHP, Wendover Police, and West Wendover Police,” stated Wendover PD.
A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle was also damaged in the incident.
The driver and a female passenger were taken into custody. KSL identified them as Shawn Michael Woody, 28, of Kearns and Nada Leigh Wlodarczyk, 27.
Nobody was injured in the pursuit.
“Officer Francis did a phenomenal job,” Wendover Police Chief Ken Quirk told KSL. “Without his actions, who knows how this would have ended because, at one point, the vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the freeway.”
The Utah Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.