What started out as a routine traffic stop turned into a chase on Insterstate 15 reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour — and ended with a foot pursuit through some backyards in Santaquin — and three men in custody.
All three men, 23-year-old Antonio Jamont Fenn, 23-year-old Doron Dorion Burt, and 23-year-old Damonte Rayquan Husban are all facing 29 charges each — 27 of them felonies — some related to the police chase, but most forgery-related.
Fenn was out on felony parole for armed robbery.
Here's how everything went down, according to a probable cause (PC) statement.
On Saturday at approximately 5:13 p.m., a trooper with Utah Highway Patrol was headed south on I-15 just south of Nephi when he spotted a car headed north traveling 100 miles per hour.
The trooper turned around and flipped on his lights and siren to pull the car over — but that's when, the trooper says, the car sped up — clocking the vehicle at 130 miles per hour in an 80 mph zone — 50 miles per hour over the freeway's limit.
As the chase entered Utah County, the trooper noticed the car was weaving in and out of traffic, including passing on the road's shoulders.
By now, officers with several agencies were in pursuit of the vehicle — which exited in Santaquin — 24 miles after the chase started.
Santaquin police officers were now searching for the suspect's vehicle in a residential neighborhood.
A Santaquin officer spotted the vehicle and noticed three African-American men walking away from it — about 25 to 30 meters down the road.
That officer flipped his car around — and that's when the officer says they all took off running "through multiple back yards and through the neighborhood attempting to get away," the PC statement says.
Two of the men were located near each other on Peach Street, where they were arrested.
The third man was found hiding in a backyard behind an air conditioning unit, where he was taken into custody.
The suspects' vehicle was taken to the Juab County Jail where police got a search warrant, finding marijuana, a magnetic card scanner, and 24 gift cards.
All three men refused to talk during questioning and police say all have previous criminal histories involving forgery.
Fenn, Burt, and Husban are each facing:
- 24 counts of possession of forgery writing/device; all third-degree felonies
- Failure to stop at the command of police, a second-degree felony
- Reckless endangerment, a third-degree felony
- Obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony
- Offenses committed in concert with two or more - criminal street gang, a class A misdemeanor
- Possession/use of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor