Suspect in jail on warrant for allegedly stealing truck while owner followed behind calling 911 – St George News
Composite image with background photo and overlay of a Washington City Police vehicle taken in Washington City, Utah on May 11, 2021 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – A hurricane man was arrested in Logan on a felony warrant issued from Washington County in connection with the theft of a pickup truck that was allegedly stolen from a construction site in Washington City in April. On Monday, the man was transported and incarcerated in the correctional facility in Purgatory.
The arrest warrant was issued in connection with an alleged theft of a vehicle. According to court documents, the incident was originally reported on April 20 when a man called the emergency service to report that his truck had been stolen and that he was following the suspect into the city. stolen pickup truck.
Washington City Police Chief Jason Williams told St. George News that the caller said he was working at a construction site when he noticed his van “started to pull away” . He said he jumped into another vehicle to follow the suspect and called 911 to report the incident.
The caller updated the emergency dispatch with location information as he continued to follow the suspect down Industrial Road until officers responded to the area. The first responder spotted the truck and activated its hazard warning lights and siren.
Williams said the driver exited the roadway and stopped the truck, which was when officers conducted a felony traffic stop and ordered the suspect, later identified as Stevie Ray Chyne, 26, get out of the truck at gunpoint and take him to custody.
Speaking to officers, Chyne reportedly said he took the truck because he “needed a ride” and knew the vehicle was not his.
Chyne was transported to the Purgatory Correctional Facility and incarcerated. The next day he was formally charged with second degree vehicle theft.
Months later, the suspect reached a plea deal to stay on the felony theft case, as well as a misdemeanor case for an incident less than a month after his arrest for allegedly stealing the truck.
The misdemeanor case stems from a police call to St. George’s Regional Hospital on May 18 after two witnesses reported seeing a man standing at the entrance to the hospital “completely naked,” according to the prosecution documents filed in support of the arrest.
Officers arrived at the hospital where they encountered Chyne standing near the entrance wearing a black shirt and a pair of jeans that came down to just above her knees. Police said when the suspect lifted his shirt and exposed his genitals, he was taken into custody and taken to jail. He was charged with the offense of obscenity the next day and argued in suspense four months later.
On December 8, an arrest warrant without bail was issued for Chyne, and five days later he was arrested by police in Logan and held in the Cache County Jail. He was rushed to the Purgatory Correctional Facility on Monday and was incarcerated shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Ed. Note: A new Utah law generally prohibits the posting of arrest reservation photos until a conviction is obtained.
This report is based on statements from court records, the police or other stakeholders and may not contain all of the findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or as otherwise decided by a trier of fact.
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