A 19 year old Spanish Fork man fled after a Deputy tried to make a traffic stop. The car was stopped after leading Deputies on a pursuit through Spanish Fork and into Spanish Fork Canyon.
On 2/19/17, shortly after 4:30 PM, a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was near the Spanish Fork airport and ran a registration check on a car he passed. The record returned listing the car as stolen out of American Fork. The Deputy turned around intending to stop the car. When he activated his lights the driver of the stolen car accelerated and led the Deputy on a pursuit through the streets of Spanish Fork and onto US Highway 6 and into Spanish Fork Canyon. While still in Spanish Fork another Deputy was able to successfully deploy a set of spikes which deflated to tires on the stolen car. The driver, however, continued to flee. After losing control the driver began to flee again. A third Deputy who was assisting was able to conduct a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver which stopped the car. The driver and two passengers were then taken safely into custody.
The driver was Tristian Thomas Anderson, age 19, or Spanish Fork. The two passengers were Anderson's 13 year old sister and her 14 year old friend. They told Deputies that they wanted Anderson to stop but he told them he was running because the car was stolen. Anderson later admitted he stold the car after finding it unlocked with the keys inside. The car was reported stolen in American Fork the morning of Thursday, February 16, 2017. As Deputies took the juveniles out of the car they discovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of Marijuana. The juveniles told Deputies that they had been smoking marijuana with Anderson and that he is the one who gave it to them.
Anderson has been booked into the Utah County Jail on one 2nd degree felony charge of vehicle theft, two 3rd degree felony charges of endangerment of a child, one 3rd degree felony charge of delivering drug paraphernalia to someone under age 18, one 3rd degree felony charge of failing to stop at the command of police, and class B misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, DUI, and reckless driving. The two juveniles will be charges in juvenile court with possession of drug marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO