By Travis Uresk
Vernal, Ut.- On 6/24/23, Vernal City Police noticed a vehicle in the 100 South and 100 West area. The vehicle was said to possibly have a wanted male inside. The male had multiple warrants for his arrest.
Officer Cox located the vehicle at 500 South Vernal Ave., then turned left onto 600 South. The vehicle failed to signal, and Officer Cox activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop.
The vehicle continued to a slow roll, then stopped. Immediately after the vehicle came to a stop, the male passenger exited the vehicle and began running East and then South onto 100 East.
Officer Cox commanded the male to stop, but he continued to flee the area into a field behind a large apartment complex, and Officers were unable to locate him. When the male exited, Officer Cox was able to positively identify him as 24-year-old Dylan Ray Cruz.
Cox returned to the vehicle he had stopped, and the vehicle was gone. Officer O'Donnal had recently seen the vehicle in the 600 North and 200 West area and headed in that direction and located the vehicle. The driver was identified as 41-year-old Sara Marie Rock.
Sara admitted to being the driver and was detained until Officer Cox arrived.
Sara appeared very nervous and was asked why she had left the traffic stop after being told to stay there. Sara stated that she didn't hear Cox say that and panicked and didn't know what to do.
Sara was placed under arrest for evading and had dispatch run her driver's license, which returned suspended for failure to appear/comply. She received medical clearance and was booked into the Uintah County Jail.
On 6/27/23, Officers located Dylan and placed him under arrest, where he admitted to the Officers that he was the one who had fled the traffic stop.
Dylan was booked into the Uintah County Jail for his state-wide warrants and a new charge of failing to stop at the command of law enforcement officers.