Off-duty officer stops high-speed chase, saves jogger's life

Published 12/08 2012 03:04PM

Updated 12/08 2012 08:07PM

HOLLADAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Unified Police Officer drove his personal truck into the path of an oncoming high-speed chase, ramming the suspect's vehicle, possibly saving the life of a jogger.

Around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, an off-duty officer heard a high-speed chase in the area of 2100 East and 6000 South over his personal radio, said Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department.

As the officer was listening to the radio, anticipating the suspect's next move, he noticed a woman jogger in the area the chase was headed, said Hoyal. The officer was trying to inform the jogger of the situation, but was not able to make contact with her.

Hoyal said the officer had to take action, since he heard the suspect's engine revving, approaching the jogger on a very narrow bridge. The officer then sprung into action, ramming the suspect's vehicle, causing it to swerve, stop and end the chase.

The suspect's vehicle was traveling between 70 and 80 m.p.h. throughout the chase.

"It's always great when an officer takes action and prevents serious injury or the death of another citizen," said Hoyal. "We would be looking at a completely different outcome if he had not been there and acted the way he did."

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