JUAB COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 16, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was arrested Friday after a high-speed chase that took soldiers through Sevier, Millard and Juab counties.
Utah Highway Patrol clocked the speed of Edwin Hyung Cho, 46, between 100 and 120 mph, according to court documents filed in the case.
At 12:27 p.m., Nephi’s license plate reader system notified officers of a stolen vehicle, a silver Dodge Journey. The SUV was located in the parking lot of a Nephi Flying J.
“City of Nephi officers attempted to make contact with the vehicle and the vehicle fled driving recklessly behind the Denny’s and into the Flying J parking lot, then taking I-15 southbound at 222 says a probable cause statement filed by a Utah highway. Patrol officer. “At this point, I engaged in a vehicle chase with the stolen vehicle.”
The SUV passed other vehicles on the right side, in the emergency lane, on several occasions, the statement said.
“I couldn’t keep sight of the vehicle because the traffic was getting too heavy. I then ended my participation in the chase.
Counties from Millard to Sevier
The officer alerted the soldiers to the south and called in a DPS helicopter. Vehicles south on Interstate 15 did not see the SUV and determined that it may have taken State Route 50 to Scipio from Millard County to Sevier County.
“Shortly thereafter, Sevier County units located the vehicle at high speed and it again fled past other officers and now they are in pursuit of the vehicle,” the probable cause statement reads. “Units pursued the vehicle on I-70 for several miles until they came across a construction zone they had terminated.”
The vehicle crossed the median to avoid the construction zone and attempted to return east. The individual saw the soldiers waiting, then took Exit 1 and entered Cove Fort and “ran through this area at high speed. Another soldier engaged in a pursuit with the vehicle and it again began to flee. At one point, the vehicle slowed to such a speed that the soldier performed a pit maneuver, but the vehicle was able to drive back and continue.
Return to Juab County
The SUV returned to I-15 northbound. The soldiers pinned him down at Mile 156.
“The vehicle slowed in speed and began to exit the freeway at Mile 158 northbound. At that point, the pursuing soldier performed a successful pit maneuver,” the statement read.
“At this point the exit ramp was closed and the driver of the vehicle received verbal orders to exit the vehicle and refused to comply. The driver then barricaded himself in the vehicle and began covering the driver’s window and windshield.
Through an uncovered portion of the windshield, soldiers “could clearly see the driver smoking what appeared to be a controlled substance. I could see the driver coughing up white smoke, which is consistent with consumption of a controlled substance,” the officer’s statement read.
“After several hours we were able to get enough units to the scene and assemble an arrest team and we were able to extract the driver from the vehicle by shooting through the rear window with a less lethal shotgun and having a K -9 police at the scene and the driver eventually got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody.
Several glass pipes and pieces of burnt aluminum foil could be seen inside the vehicle.
“The driver admitted he was smoking the rest of what he had before he went to jail.”
Cho was arrested and officers determined he was wanted on a Salt Lake City warrant for theft and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to arrest documents.
Cho also has a long criminal history for possession of a controlled substance. Cho was cleared by medical personnel at the scene and then transported to Juab County Jail. He agreed to blood and urine tests, “but due to Cho’s intravenous drug use, medical staff were unable to take a blood sample.”
Urine test results are pending, according to arrest documents.
Cho was incarcerated in Juab County Jail on suspicion of:
- Receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, a second degree felony
- Three counts of not responding to officer’s stop signal
- Possession of a Schedule I/II/analogue controlled substance, a third degree felony
- Reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor
- Obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor
- Reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor
- Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, a class B misdemeanor
- Failure to remain at the scene of an accident, damages only, a class B misdemeanor
- Crossing partition/median barrier, an offense
- Excessive overtaking on the right of the vehicle, an offense
Cho is being held without bond.