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Man Speeds Through Vernal At 102 MPH, Tries To Outrun The Police

Posted by Travis Uresk | Nov. 5th, 2022 | Reckless Driver & Drugs |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 11/1/22, Uintah County Police got a call of a black GMC SUV passing traffic on the shoulder of the road, driving into oncoming traffic, and driving in the opposite lane.

Officer Roth attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of 1500 South highway 40 on a vehicle matching the description of the black SUV.

He first saw the vehicle in his rearview mirror performing an illegal lane change failing to use his turn signal and pass Officer Roth at a high rate of speed before applying his brakes to slow down to match the traffic flow.

The driver failed to respond to the Officer's lights and sirens and caught up with the SUV at the intersection of 1000 South highway 40 that stopped in the center lane at a red light.

The Officer gave the driver a lawful order to pull over to the side of the road in front of the Bull Ring store. When the light turned green, the male driver continued into Vernal at a high rate of speed. An approaching UHP Trooper radar indicated the speed of the black SUV at 102 MPH.

The driver continued into Vernal, weaving in and out of traffic, almost causing two accidents. At this time, the UHP Trooper and Officer Roth stopped their chase of the SUV for safety reasons.

A few moments later, both Officers located the SUV by taking the address from the plates off the vehicle and made contact with the driver at his home.

The driver was identified as 32-year-old George Andrew Pena and taken into custody. An adult female at the home let the Officers inside the home, and when they entered the house, they could smell the distinct odor of marijuana. The female took the Officers to a pantry in the kitchen, where George kept his marijuana .

The Officers found containers where George had stored his marijuana and a homemade bong from a soda bottle.

During the inventory of the black SUV, the Officers found a wooden marijuana pipe with burnt residue in the bowl that smelled of marijuana.

A search warrant was approved for George's home, where multiple items of marijuana paraphernalia were located. A records check was done on George, and his driver's license was not valid.

George Andrew Pena was booked into the Uintah County Jail.

I did a background check on George, and he is on a watch list, and his probation is indefinite.


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