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Man fled through western states before arrest in Utah, police say

Dec 15, 2022, 10:00 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:21 am
The suspect was believed to have crossed state lines into Utah. Photo: Deseret News

EMERY, Utah — A man who allegedly fled from Nebraska after cutting off an ankle monitor has been arrested in Emery after a high-speed chase. 

A probable cause statement said that 40-year-old Jesse Budenholzer led Emery County Police on a pursuit. 

According to the statement, Budenholzer led police down I-70 and eventually State Route 6, traveling over 100 mph. 

Police said they spiked Budenholzer’s car three times throughout the chase but he continued to escape. 

After the second spike, something was thrown out of the car. The probable cause statement said police later found a gun in the area. 

Eventually, and after allegedly blowing through stop signs, going against oncoming traffic through intersections and passing around cars, Budenholzer’s vehicle came to a stop.  

As the Budenholzer and his passenger were arrested, the probable cause statement said officers found a pipe on his person and what they believed to be meth in his car. 

The car, which is allegedly a stolen vehicle, also contained several stolen IDs as well as two IDs belonging to Budenholzer, one with a fake name. 

Budenholzer and his passenger are currently under further investigation. 

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