Orem Police received a call on Sunday morning saying that a man and a woman were stealing scrap metal from US Synthetics on 1200 South and 1600 West. After leaving the scene, the couple was spotted on University Parkway, where police attempted to stop them. The driver, identified as 39 year-old Howard Talman, sped onto I-15 northbound, reaching speeds nearing 95 miles per hour. Police chased the van for more than 20 minutes through snow and rain, catching the entirety of the chase on a camera mounted on the dash of the police car. Police laid a spike strip down, slowing the van down as Talman continued on flat tires and later, rims.
"He still tried to push on the gas and make that car go, even when equipment-wise, it couldn't go anymore," said Orem Police Officer Sgt. Craig Martinez.
As the van slowed to about 25 miles per hour, the female suspect, Elizabeth Hagadone, 25, attempted to escape police by jumping out of the moving vehicle. She was picked up by police after her abrupt exit from the vehicle.
With the van's rims and burnt tires smoking, police arrested Talman on I-15 in Lehi.
"It's hard to understand what someone's thinking, especially when they run," Martinez said. "But when they try to run when really, there's nowhere to go."
Elizabeth Hagadone and Howard Talman were both booked into the Utah County Jail, charged with theft. Howard faces additional charges for fleeing and giving officers a false identity. According to police, he also has a warrant out for his arrest for burglary.