SALINA — Three people are in custody following a chase that ended in Salina Wednesday afternoon with an armed confrontation.
The chase began at approximately 12:45 p.m., when a Utah Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a dark grey Infiniti with Colorado tags on Interstate 70 in Emery County.
“The vehicle took off and fled westbound on I-70 and the trooper,” said Officer Greg Harwood, Salina City Police. The chase reached speeds of 120 mph.
“The vehicle was able to elude the trooper near the area of Highway 10 but was later located as it continued west on I-70 near the Gooseberry exit,” Harwood said.
At this point Salina City Police Chief Al Taylor responded to the Salina exit to assist with the pursuit. The suspects exited the freeway at Salina and fled into town driving at speeds near 100 mph.
Taylor followed and was able to cut off their escape, where the suspects abandoned the car near a daycare center and fled on foot.
Taylor immediately confronted one of the suspects behind a local convenience store and took him safely into custody.
“Fortunately for Chief Taylor, a local armed citizen was on alert and noticed one of the other suspects, a 17-year-old female, hiding in a dumpster near where he was handcuffing the first suspect,” Harwood said. “The 17-year-old female was leaning out of the top of the dumpster behind the chief holding a handgun.”
The armed citizen yelled at her not to shoot and she ducked back into the dumpster, according to police. A few moments later the female jumped out of the dumpster and began to run, but a stun gun was used on her and she was quickly taken into custody.
A third suspect was able to run away immediately after jumping out of the car, so UHP Troopers, Sevier County Deputies, AP&P Officers, and the Salina Police began a search.
“The local schools were also placed on lockdown while officers searched for the third suspect,” Harwood said. “Fortunately he was located within about 30 minutes in the lobby of a local motel after citizens reported seeing him there.”
Eric Robert Somerville, 22, Littleton, Colorado, and Sean Anthony Estrada, 31, Westminster, Colorado, were both taken to the Sevier County Jail where they are being held while the investigation continues. The juvenile was taken to the detention center in Richfield where she is being held. She is also listed as a runaway out of Colorado.
The three subjects are suspects in several felonies in Colorado and Wyoming.
“The Salina Police will be working with authorities from both of those areas during the investigation,” Harwood said.