Suspect arrested after leading police on chase through Zion National Park, crashing car

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ST. GEORGE, Utah – Authorities have a suspect in custody after they said he led them on a high-speed chase through two Utah counties and a National Park Tuesday.

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The Kane County Sheriff’s Office arrested Austin Gomez after federal, state and local agencies got involved with the chase that started at Zion National Park.

Deputies said the pursuit started when a black sedan entered the park just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The chase went through Zion National Park and into Springdale.

Officials were able to spike two of the car tires in Virgin but Gomez was able to drive on to La Verkin where he ended up crashing into a deputy’s patrol car.

Deputies said Gomez tried to run but was caught soon after.

He is in custody at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Investigators said Gomez is a transient from Tempe, Arizona.

Gomez is facing numerous…

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