High-speed chase ends in Rich County with arrest

EVANSTON — A high-speed chase that crossed state lines on the night of Friday, Nov. 19, ended in Rich County, Utah, with the arrest of a local 42-year-old man. Virgil Matthews of Evanston was taken into custody on an eluding charge after fleeing when a deputy with the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

According to information from UCSO Sgt. Brooke Hale, a UCSO deputy noticed headlights in an industrial area north of Evanston at approximately 11:35 p.m. Friday night. Due to recent burglary activity throughout the county, the deputy turned to investigate the situation and noticed a white Dodge truck leaving the area, traveling north on Hwy. 89.

As the deputy began to follow the vehicle to verify registration information, the driver of the truck braked so suddenly the deputy had to swerve to avoid a collision. The truck then continued north as the deputy tried unsuccessfully to get the vehicle to stop, ultimately traveling over 90 mph through the town of Bear River.

The deputy continued to pursue the truck across the Utah state line into Rich County until the vehicle was spotted stopped and unoccupied at a building in Randolph. Matthews was subsequently found hiding under a nearby building and was arrested. Hale said a request for charges will be filed in Uinta County.


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