Fred Houghton IV, 29, of Cedaredge successfully eluded law enforcement officers in Delta County for days. His luck ran out in Utah on Wednesday, Aug. 30, but not before another foot pursuit and additional school lockdowns.
The St. George News reports that while on patrol, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper attempted to make a vehicle stop in Parowan for a seat belt violation. This turned into a chase as the SUV to be stopped sped off. In Parowan Canyon, the SUV came to a washed out road and the occupants, a male driver and a female passenger, took off on foot.
During the search for the occupants of the SUV, a tip came in about a man driving a pickup with Colorado license plates.
According to the St. George News, the pickup was stopped by an Iron County sheriff's deputy who attempted a PIT maneuver, but ultimately ended up crashing the two vehicles instead.
"The man in the truck was taken into custody and was discovered not to be the man troopers had pursued that morning. Instead, police learned they actually knew each other and were both wanted out of Colorado on multiple felony warrants," the newspaper reports.
The first man was taken into custody after he was spotted by a Parowan resident.
Houghton is being held on several charges in Utah, as well as three warrants in Delta County.
In addition to Houghton, authorities arrested Nicholas Pell, 35, of Delta. He is facing multiple charges in Utah as well as four warrants in Delta County.
Both men are being held at the Iron County Jail.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said the two men will be extradited when the Utah judicial system is through with them, "which will probably not be soon."
Due to the pursuit, schools in Parowan were placed in lockdown. On Aug. 23, four Delta schools were told to shelter in place or placed in lockdown while authorities did a door-to-door canvass for Houghton on Garnet Mesa. They had been active following every lead since; the sheriff's office had executed a search warrant at a cabin on Grand Mesa the day before Houghton was arrested in Utah. "We considered him a threat to the community," said Undersheriff Mark Taylor.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.