A 34 year old Salt Lake woman led Utah County Sheriff's Deputies on a pursuit that went on for more than 50 miles. She was taken into custody after her car caught fire and she ran from the car.
A detective with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was on his way to work, driving south bound on I-15 in through Orem, when he attempted to make a traffic stop on a car traveling in excess of 90 MPH. The driver of the suspect vehicle refused to yield to the lights and sirens of the detective's vehicle and he lost sight of her near Spanish Fork. At that point he was traveling 110 MPH and the suspect vehicle was still pulling away from him.
While following the suspect the detective and other deputies witnessed numerous traffic violations, including reckless driving, passing on the shoulder, exhibition of speed, and other moving violations. A deputy in a marked Sheriff's vehicle took up the pursuit near Payson, still south bound on I-15. The suspect still refused to stop as the pursuit entered Juab County. Near Mona, just south of Santaquin, spikes were deployed and both driver side tires on the suspect vehicle were flattened. A few miles later spikes were deployed again and one tire on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle was flattened. The suspect still failed to yield, with speeds exceeding 85 MPH.
As the suspect passed mile marker 222, south of Nephi, her car began to catch on fire. At about mile marker 220 the car began to burn and the driver stopped. As her car became fully engulfed in flames she ran from the vehicle. After a short foot pursuit deputies then took her into custody. The suspect had no identification with her and she refused to tell deputies her name. Deputies are unsure why she refused to stop and the suspect was not willing to talk to them. After making contact with police in California Deputies were able to positively identify the suspect as Myra G. Howard, age 34. She is believed to have most recently been living in Salt Lake City.
Deputies are investigating Howard for DUI and she will be booked into jail on charges of evading, exhibition of speed, reckless driving, obstructing justice, and possibly DUI.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912