CENTERVILLE—A man is in custody after he fled from police and caused several crashes Tuesday afternoon through Centerville and Farmington.
Police were dispatched to the Cyprus Credit Union inside the Centerville Walmart about 3:40 p.m. April 18. The suspect had left the scene in an older model white pickup truck. A short time later a Centerville detective located the truck and initiated a traffic stop on 1-15 northbound. The vehicle stopped, but then fled using the emergency lane as the two detectives approached.
Officers pursued the vehicle, but stopped within about 1/10 of a mile. The truck was located again about 20 to 30 minutes later in a residential area near 200 North and 300 East in Farmington. As officers approached the vehicle they gave the driver orders to exit but he refused to comply and fled in the truck, hitting a parked civilian car. He turned down a dead-end road near Lagoon at 300 North just west of Main Street with officers in pursuit. Officers tried to block his escape by positioning their cars in the road but the suspect rammed an occupied Farmington police vehicle head-on and exited onto Main Street from 300 North. In spite of the damage to his vehicle, the suspect continued to evade police.
The suspect also avoided a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) by a Davis County deputy and eventually turned onto Shepard Creek Parkway Drive in Farmington. He lost control just south of Shepard Lane and the vehicle went off the road, running over a mailbox then traveling through a grassy median and hitting a parked car, according to police.
He tried to flee again but was boxed in by emergency vehicles and taken into custody. There were no injuries during the incident and police discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen and had stolen license plates.
Timothy Johnson, 22, was booked into the Davis County Jail on multiple charges. In all, two civilian and three police vehicles were damaged along with the stolen pickup truck, police said.