Press Release-Vehicle Pursuit

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2017, a deputy from the Cache County Sheriff's Office attempted to make a traffic stop on a passenger car on State Highway 101 near Hyrum, Utah for suspicion of DUI. The driver of the vehicle refused to pull over and drove East on Highway 101 into Blacksmith Fork Canyon.  The suspect lead deputies on a relately low speed pursuit all the way to Hardware Ranch where the road was covered with snow and the car was not able to continue. The driver turned the car around and faced deputies. After a short time with deputies giving commands for the occupants to exit the car, the driver drove toward deputies and unsuccessfully attempted to ram a police vehicle. The suspect then drove West bound back down the canyon. A deputy positioned in the canyon close to the incident  successfully deployed a tire deflation device which quickly disabled the vehicle and brought it to a stop.  There was no other traffic in the canyon and no citizens were endangered at any time during the incident.  Two adults, 20 year old Jesus Winces and 20 year old Jessica Gonzalez, both of Logan, Utah, were safely taken into custody.  

Investigating deputies discovered the suspects were in possession of substances believed to be drugs along with other evidence of criminal activity.  A K9 search of the area where the vehicle stopped near Hardware Ranch also found what is believed to be drugs which was thrown from the car.  Both Jesus and Jessica were transported to the Cache County Jail and booked on several charges.  

Lt. Mike Peterson
Cache County Sheriff's Office