A woman in Davis County faces a long list of potential criminal charges after a chase through three cities ended with her arrest Monday afternoon.
According to a jail document released overnight, Sarah Garcia, 39, had a knife in her hand when she was tackled and arrested by a Bountiful police officer.
Garcia is being held on suspicion of at least 15 criminal charges, including aggravated assault, failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and theft, among others.
According to court documents, Garcia fled from a Woods Cross Police officer who was investigating a dumpster diver behind an IHOP around 3:00 p.m. Monday. Garcia got in her car and sped off, but the officer chose not to pursue her, according to police.
A short time later, another officer saw Garcia’s white Dodge Durango getting on I-15 southbound and attempted to pull her over. Garcia fled from the officer and the chase wound through North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, and eventually into Bountiful City.
“The suspect went down a dead end industrial road where two Woods Cross police K9 trucks were roughly 10-15 feet away from the suspect vehicle in an attempt to box the suspect in to end the pursuit. The suspect deliberately pointed her vehicle at both K9 trucks striking them head on then continuing Northbound. A Woods Cross Police Officer was transported by ambulance from this action,” a probable cause statement says.
Garcia also drove across train tracks when the crossing arms were down, according to police.
A North Salt Lake Police officer was able to get spike strips in front of Garcia’s vehicle and she eventually crashed into another car with a mother and a child in it at 1875 South 400 West in Bountiful. The mother and daughter in the vehicle that was hit were not injured, police said.
After her arrest, officers say they located drugs and large knives in Garcia’s car.
“The suspect showed no regard whatsoever for public safety or law enforcement. The suspect struck a total of four police vehicles in a blatant manner sending one officer to the hospital,” the probable cause statement says.
The officer who was hospitalized is expected to recover, Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe told 2News.
Seven of the charges that Garcia is being held on are felonies.
Garcia, who has also gone by the name Sarah Jean Snipes, has a lengthy criminal history with at least 10 felony cases in the state of Utah since 2016. She has been convicted of felony drug and theft charges several times and is a repeat DUI offender.
Woods Cross Police were investigating to see if Garcia was under the influence during Monday’s chase as well.