Peter Lozano Flores, 41, of Garland, Texas, was knocked unconscious when he rammed the BMW into a parked vehicle driven by deputy Zane Lammert. Flores was transported by air ambulance to a Utah Regional Medical Center in Provo following the incident, but he was released Monday afternoon, Jan. 27 and immediately transported to the Grand County Jail.
The chase began at approximately 8:30 a.m. when UHP Trooper Kerry Ball saw a white BMW with no registration speeding eastbound on Interstate 70 near mile-marker 191 near Thompson Springs, according to a news release from the UHP. Ball clocked the BMW traveling at 93 miles per hour and attempted a traffic stop. But the vehicle sped away, spurring the chase, which UHP officials said reached speeds topping 100 miles per hour.
Shortly after the pursuit began, the BMW stopped along the right side of I-70 and a female passenger, later identified as Courtney York, 20, exited the car. The BMW then sped off again and the UHP trooper stopped to confirm York was all right, then resumed the pursuit. Trooper Ball notified Green River UHP officers of York’s location and she was later transported to Moab for questioning, according to the report.
York has been “semi-cooperative” with investigators, UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said during a news conference.
The BMW turned off of I-70 onto state Route 128 near Cisco and Grand County deputies set up road spikes in an attempt to stop the vehicle. However, Flores was able to avoid the spikes and continued down SR 128, eventually turning onto Castle Valley Road and heading into the La Sal Mountains. Several other law enforcement agencies assisted in setting up roadblocks, but the suspect instead turned around on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road and headed back down Castle Valley Road.
Ball and Lammert responded to the location with the intent to deploy road spikes but the BMW approached the officers’ vehicles and stopped. Ball drew his firearm and ordered Flores to exit the vehicle, but instead, he accelerated and rammed Lammert’s patrol car while Lammert was still behind the steering wheel.
Lammert sustained minor injuries and was transported to Moab Regional Hospital for observation.
According to the UHP, the BMW was stolen in Texas. Astolen license plate from Arizona was found inside the vehicle and officers also found numerous credit cards and other items, including several different identification cards, inside the car.
The case is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, with help from the Grand County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Secret Service, according to UHP Sgt. Royce.
“Our investigators have talked to the Secret Service because the credit cards found in the car were all fraudulent,” Royce said.