Salina Police take three into custody after chase

Salina Police take three into custody after chase

Three people are in custody in Sevier County after a high speed chase and manhunt Wednesday afternoon.

According to Salina Police department, a Highway Patrol Trooper attempted to stop a dark grey Infiniti with Colorado tags on I-70 near mile marker 126 in Emery County. The vehicle took off and fled westbound on I-70 and the trooper pursued it where it reached speeds of up to 120 mph.

The vehicle was able to elude the trooper near the area of Highway 10 but was later located as it continued west on I-70 near the Gooseberry exit.  The suspects were able to exit the freeway at Salina where they fled into town driving at speeds near 100 mph. Chief Taylor followed and was able to cut off their escape where the suspects abandoned the car near a daycare center and fled on foot.

Chief Taylor immediately confronted one of the suspects behind a local convenience store and was able to safely take him in to custody. A local armed citizen was on alert and noticed one of the other suspects, a 17 year old female, hiding in a dumpster near where Chief Taylor was handcuffing the first suspect. The 17 year old female was leaning out of the top of the dumpster behind the chief holding a handgun. The citizen yelled at her not to shoot and she ducked back into the dumpster. Moments later the female jumped out of the dumpster and began to run but was tased and quickly taken into custody.

A third suspect was able to run away immediately after they jumped out of the car and a search was begun by UHP Troopers, Sevier County Deputies, AP&P Officers, and the Salina Police. The local schools were also placed on lockdown while officers searched for the third suspect. He was located within about 30 minutes in the lobby of a local motel after citizens reported seeing him.

Eric Robert Somerville, 22 of Littleton, Co, and Sean Anthony Estrada, 31 of Westminster, Co were both taken to the Sevier County Jail where they are being held pending further investigation. The juvenile was taken to the detention center in Richfield where she is being held. She is also listed as a runaway out of Colorado.

The three subjects are suspects in several felonies in Colorado and Wyoming and the Salina Police will be working with authorities from both of those areas during the investigation.