Man, woman jailed after wild downtown Salt Lake City chase

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A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were behind bars Wednesday after allegedly leading Salt Lake City law officers on a chase during which the male driver struck both a police motorcycle and a bus.

The male suspect was being held on an Adult Probation and Parole order and suspicion of multiple felony and misdemeanor counts ranging from hit and run, vehicle burglary, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief to fleeing police while causing property damage.

Salt Lake City police report that the chase began about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday after an officer attempted to stop a red pickup truck linked to a car burglary near 600 South and 900 West. The suspect sped away, veering around a second officer at 400 South and Main Street and striking a Utah Transit Authority bus before backing into the police motorcycle and continuing the chase.

No one was hurt in the crashes, said Salt Lake police Detective Mike Hamideh.

The chase continued onto Interstate 15 and officers lost contact, but the pickup was spotted a short time later by South Salt Lake police parked at an apartment complex.

The suspect, who was the driver, was arrested without further incident. The female passenger also was arrested and jailed on suspicion of vehicle burglary.

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