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Park City residents react to high speed chase through town

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - People in the normally quiet town of Park City got a rude awakening this morning. A high speed chase blew through residential neighborhoods, putting many lives in danger.
People in the normally quiet town of Park City got a rude awakening this morning. A high speed chase blew through residential neighborhoods, putting many lives in danger.

Witnesses were shocked by what they were seeing.

"My first reaction was who is doing crime at 8:45 in the morning in this area?" asked Ravi Patel.

He was on his way to work at the Kimball Art Center when he saw one Summit County Sheriff’s deputy after another zip by him on their way back out of Park City.

"And then right in front of us a cop pulls over, it's a truck, and a guy gets out and I thought he had a gun at first," he said.

But it wasn't a gun, it was one of 3 spike strips officers deployed trying to stop a crazed driver who was speeding through the residential area.

"I turned to my sister and said it looks like he has spikes, we could have a car chase on our hands," Patel said.

Then Ravi saw the man leading the pack.

"I mean he's going right into cars and he hits this car, bounces off of it, and some how keeps on driving," he said.

The chase began on I-80 when officers tried to pull the man over for speeding, and passing on the shoulder. The driver bailed off the highway and ended up on 224 driving towards Park City. As he sped into Old Town, officers backed off, per state chase protocol. As the man sped passed them on his way back to I-80, the chase picked up again.

"It’s terrible, it's crazy, I mean he was flying into oncoming traffic it's so scary," Patel said.

The driver got back on the highway, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Utah Highway Patrol then picked up on the chase. Troopers say the man exited Foothill Drive going 90 miles per hour. In fear of their safety and that of those around them, officers ended their pursuit.

Police are still searching for the driver, they say the car was stolen.

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