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Arizona man in jail following highspeed chase in southern Utah

Jul 18, 2022, 7:30 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:29 am
Southern Utah highspeed chase...
An Arizona man is in jail following a highspeed chase through Garfield and Kane counties Monday morning. The suspect swerved to avoid spikes placed by police and collided with Kane County Sheriff's Office vehicle. Photo credit: Kane County Sheriff's Office.

KANE COUNTY, Utah — A 34-year-old Arizona man is in custody following a Monday morning highspeed chase through Garfield and Kane counties.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office says Curtis E. Heisler, of Phoenix, was able to flee from police. He fled after being stopped by a deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office for running a stop sign. Heisler, another adult and two children were outside the car when Heisler was able to force his way past officers and into the car and fled.

The pursuit started on southbound Highway 89, crossing over into Kane County. The suspect was driving a 2005 Mercedes Sedan, and reportedly reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

As deputies from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Highway Patrol responded, the suspect turned around in Orderville. He began traveling north.

A deputy with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office deployed spikes at milepost 97. As the suspect swerved to miss the spikes, he collided with the officer’s vehicle and ended the highspeed chase. 

According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was flown by helicopter to a hospital in St. George for treatment of his injuries. He was quickly released and transported to the Garfield County Jail.

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