Police: Man steals car from dealership, hits UHP cruiser in chase
DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Police arrested a man for stealing a car from a local dealership, hitting a patrol car and directing authorities in a dangerous vehicle chase.
Layton City Police identified the suspect as Christopher Wayne Robertson, 34.
Police said the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Robertson was seen in break and enter surveillance footage at the Young Chevrolet car dealership in Layton. He was seen exiting the parking lot in a Chevrolet Tahoe.
Authorities were able to locate Robertson using the car’s GPS tracker. When the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) spotted Robertson, attempts to stop him failed.
UHP says Robertson completely ignored the soldiers’ flashing lights and continued to drive recklessly. At one point, Robertson headed head-on towards a UHP cruiser, with no intention of stopping and even accelerated his car. The cruiser collided with the suspect’s vehicle and was disabled.
Authorities say the suspect continued to drive at high speed through residential areas and backyards in an attempt to evade law enforcement.
Eventually, the suspect’s car broke down and Robertson attempted to escape on foot. The authorities were able to capture and arrest him.
Robertson told officers he was drugged on methamphetamine when he was arrested. Police discovered empty needles, a gun, ID cards, credit cards and other items that were allegedly stolen from his car. The suspect was also driving on a suspended Montana driver’s license at the time of his arrest.
Robertson was arrested on eight counts, including burglary, reckless driving, assaulting a peace officer and theft of a firearm or usable vehicle.