Three police cars were damaged Saturday night during the pursuit of a man who ran from authorities.
Kenneth Holsomback, 20, Panama City Beach, Fla., was booked into Sevier County Jail after leading police on a high-speed chase in Richfield City.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Rod Elmer pulled Holsomback over in the Sears parking lot near 800 South in Richfield for not using his headlights.
According to information released by the UHP, Holsomback acted suspicious while Elmer was gathering information and identification. Holsomback took off from the scene, which resulted in Elmer pursuing and asking for backup.
The chase led to 600 South in Richfield, where Holsomback pulled onto a lawn, where he let a female and child out of the car. At this point, Richfield City Officer Wes Saunders used his vehicle in an attempt to block Holsomback from re-entering the roadway. However, Holsomback rammed the patrol car, said Richfield City Police Chief John Evans.
Holsomback then fled north on 400 West, and tried to turn east on 400 South, but failed to negotiate the turn. The Toyota hit a stop sign, and Saunders pulled in front of the suspect vehicle. Elmer positioned his car behind the Toyota, and was also rammed when Holsomback
attempted to back up.
Holsomback was then taken into custody.
“The important thing is that no one was hurt,” Evans said. “After they finished their reports and shifts, the officers all went home to their families.”
Evans said another police vehicle was damaged near 650 South Main during the pursuit when the vehicle lost traction during a turn and went up on a curb.
The Toyota was reported stolen out of Texas, as was a pistol recovered from the vehicle. Holsomback had a warrant for his arrest out of Florida. The female passenger Tanisha Alton, 31, Mary Esther, Fla., was also arrested, and also had a warrant for her arrest out of Florida.
Custody of the child was given to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crashes involving the UHP and Richfield City Police vehicles.