A 34 year old Nephi man led two different law enforcement agencies on a pursuit through several different cities. He was arrested after he hit an unmarked police vehicle.
At about 3:43 P.M. on July 29, 2013, an officer with Saratoga Springs Police Department identified a stolen vehicle in the area of 200 East Pioneer Crossing. This area is just east of Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver of the stolen vehicle refused to yield. The officer continued the pursuit until a passenger in the fleeing vehicle jumped out of the car in the area of 500 West Pioneer Crossing in Lehi. The Saratoga Springs officer stopped and took the passenger into custody and did not continue pursuing the stolen vehicle.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, later identified as Brian Francis Filion, age 34, of Nephi, continued east then entered I-15 traveling south bound. A deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was in the area of the south bound on ramp to I-15 at 800 North in Orem. A few minutes later he saw the stolen vehicle pass his location traveling with the flow of freeway traffic. The deputy pulled in behind the stolen vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the stolen vehicle failed to yield to the deputy's emergency lights and accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 MPH. As the pursuit approached Provo Center Street on I-15 there was an unrelated crash there being investigated by UHP Troopers. Because of this traffic hazard the Deputy turned of his lights and sirens and discontinued his pursuit for safety reasons.
Another Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office got on the freeway south bound at Provo Center Street and turned of his emergency lights as he traveled through the area of the crash. After passing through the crash scene this second Deputy activated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the driver of the stolen vehicle. The suspect again refused to yield and accelerated again to speeds in excess of 110 MPH.
As the pursuit passed Spanish Fork and approached the Benjamin area around mile marker 254 the driver of the stolen vehicle passed another Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. This deputy was driving an unmarked Sheriff's vehicle. As the suspect passed this vehicle he cut across to his right and in front of the unmarked Sheriff's vehicle. The rear of the stolen vehicle clipped the front driver's side corner of the Sheriff's vehicle, causing the suspect to lose control and roll off the side of the freeway.
As the suspect lost control the stolen vehicle rolled and Deputies were able to the suspect into custody. He sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital and released. From there Filion was transported to the Utah County Jail.
The passenger who jumped out of the stolen vehicle told Deputies the suspect said he was not going back to prison. When Deputies checked the driver's history they found he has at least 5 prior arrests for DUI with at least 3 convictions. 2 of those convictions are within the previous 10 years. Filion was booked into jail on 2 counts of 3rd degree felony evading, 2nd degree felony possession of a stolen vehicle, 3rd degree felony DUI-with prior convictions, 3rd degree felony possession of methamphetamine, driving on a suspended driver license, and numerous moving violations. He was also booked on arrest warrants out of Nephi Justice Court and Santaquin Justice Court. Filion has an extensive history of drug, DUI, domestic violence, and theft charges.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912