DEWEYVILLE - By Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist, December 14, 2021
A chase that began on Brigham City’s Main Street ended in Deweyville with the arrest of a 52-year-old Bountiful man, Francis Wangsgard, on Monday evening, December 13.
According to a report from the Utah Highway Patrol, at just after 9 p.m., Trooper Adam Walker observed a northbound vehicle at about 600 North, traveling at speeds in excess of 75 mph in a 35-mph zone.
Trooper Walker pursued the vehicle, catching up with it at 1800 North on SR 38. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle several times, but the driver increased speed northbound on 38 into Honeyville.
Due to safety reasons, Walker terminated pursuit at 7500 North, but the vehicle continued at high speeds into Deweyville.
A Tremonton officer who was assisting with the call was parked just north of the SR-102 Junction on SR-38. The suspect pulled over and, for some unknown reason, stopped behind his patrol car. As the officer attempted to get Wangsgard to exit his vehicle, Trooper Walker pulled in behind them and activated his emergency lights.
At that point, the suspect took off again and passed the Tremonton officer. Walker performed a PIT maneuver on the vehicle and force it off the west side of the road, about MP 14. The vehicle rolled once, coming to rest on its wheels.
Officers again attempted to get the suspect to exit his vehicle, but Wangsgard refused for a period of time. More law enforcement personnel from other agencies arrived and they were able to take him forcibly out of the vehicle and into custody.
He was transported to Bear River Valley Hospital and examined before being booked into the Box Elder County Jail on numerous charges, including felony evading, DUI, failure to obey, speeding and possession of drugs.
Wangsgard also faces charges from the Box Elder Sheriff’s Department as he is a suspect in a theft that happened earlier that evening from a local convenience store.