Santa Clara chase ends in arrest when biker crashes motorbike on Sunset Boulevard – St George News


Overlay with a stock image of police lights and a file photo of the Santa Clara-Ivins patrol vehicle, Santa Clara, Utah, March 2, 2021 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- A police chase that began in Santa Clara last week ended in an arrest when the suspect lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and crashed into a car on Sunset Boulevard.

2018 file photo for reference only of Santa Clara-Ivins police vehicle, location undisclosed, July 11, 2018 | File photo courtesy of Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, St. George News

An officer was following behind a motorcycle heading south on Santa Clara Drive and attempted to stop the motorcycle near the 2600 block for having no taillights.

According to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, instead of stopping, the motorcyclist drove away from the officer and by the time the motorcyclist reached Canyon View Drive, the motorcycle was traveling faster. of 70 mph.

The suspect, who was later identified as Kurt Michael Richards, 35, of St. George, veered into oncoming traffic as he attempted to park in the Lin Market parking lot, it is i.e. when the cyclist lost control of the bike when it hit the side of a vehicle.

With the bike stopped, officers ordered the cyclist to the ground at gunpoint as he reached inside a nearby bush using both hands.

Meanwhile, officers continued to order Richards to hold out his hands and, after multiple orders, the suspect complied and was handcuffed and placed in the patrol vehicle.

With the suspect in custody, officers searched the bush and digging through the foliage came across a small box of cigarettes containing several grams of suspected methamphetamine. The box also contained several empty plastic bags, leading authorities to suspect the substance was for resale.

Through a records check, officers discovered that Richards was riding with a suspended license, had no proof of insurance, and then determined that the registration on the bike had been revoked.

Richards was jailed shortly after 10 p.m. and charged with second-degree criminal possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, as well as third-degree felony charges, including failing to stop at the order of an officer and tampering with evidence. He also faces four misdemeanor charges, including reckless driving, possession of paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and lack of insurance.

2016 file photo for reference only of an officer at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Drive in St. George, Utah, December 10, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

This pending case is the fourth open criminal case filed against Richards this year, including a case filed in May following a traffic stop on West Sunset Boulevard where he was arrested for impaired driving, and during of a search prior to his arrest, officers found a metal container. hidden under the spare tire cover which contained several yellow bags containing suspected methamphetamine. Richards was later charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

A month prior, Richards had been arrested and charged with second degree criminal possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and a third degree count of the same charge following a reported incident on 19 April when officers responded to a storage unit on Sunset Boulevard in St George to follow up on a report alleging Richards was living and dealing drugs in a unit he was renting.

Officers recovered a large number of syringes and several plastic containers with a crystallized substance that appeared to be methamphetamine inside. Richards was arrested and later charged with second-degree criminal possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, as well as several misdemeanor charges.

Following the motorcycle chase and arrest last week, Richards was formally charged, made a first appearance in 5th District court on Friday and bail was set at $10,000.

Ed. Note: A new law in Utah generally prohibits posting arrest booking photos prior to securing a conviction.

This report is based on statements taken from court records, police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions. Those arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or until a trier of fact decides otherwise.

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Earnest L. Veasey