SUNSET – The police lieutenant who left a burglary suspect unattended in his SUV on Sunday, allowing the suspect to escape could face disciplinary action.
“It’s a real possibility he could be reprimanded,” Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn said on Tuesday.
The suspect, Nathan Ward, 26, was recaptured in Ogden and the vehicle recovered with no damage, but Lt. Bruce Arbogast could face some discipline for going against department policy.
“He’s beating himself up pretty bad” Eborn said.
Ward was arrested at about noon Sunday, suspected of a residential burglary in Sunset
When he was taken into custody, Ward allegedly asked if they could stop by his parents’ house to tell them he had been arrested. The officer left Ward in the back of the vehicle that didn’t have a cage between the officers and suspects.
Ward was allegedly able to get his handcuffs in front, jump the vehicle’s backseat and drive away,
Ward allegedly contacted his parents about an hour later and told them he had ditched the SUV in Salt Lake County.
However, about 5:45 p.m. Ogden police located Ward near 24th and Lincoln Ave., and located the vehicle a short ways away.
Ward was facing felony charges for the residential burglary, Eborn said, but after escaping in the police vehicle, he is also facing charges related to escape and theft of the vehicle, Eborn said.
The Davis County Attorney’s Office is screening charges.
Eborn said the department will review its policies, but he believes at this point they are fine, but ‘just need to be followed better.”