A 25 year old West Valley City led narcotics investigators on a short chase after they saw her involved in a hand to hand drug transaction. The woman also had her three small children in the car.
On December 1, at about 7:30 PM, narcotics investigators with the Utah County Sheriff's Office and Spanish Fork Police Department were at the Love's Truck Stop on SR-77 west of I-15 in Springville. They saw a man get into a car at that location with a woman. They then saw the woman conduct what they believed to be a hand to hand drug transaction. When the woman left the truck stop they followed her west bound on SR-77 into Utah County. Investigators saw an equipment violation and also saw the woman driving erratically. They turned on their emergency lights and the woman refused to yield. She led them on a low speed pursuit that lasted about a mile before they were able to box her in and get her to stop.
When officers made contact with the driver, Sadie Shantell Leavitt, age 25, of West Valley City, they discovered she had her three small children with her. Leavitt's children are a 4 year old boy, 3 year old girl, and 4 month old girl. None of the children were properly restrained in the car. When officers searched Leavitt's car they found over an ounce of methamphetamine and items of drug paraphernalia, including a small set of scales used to weigh the drugs she was selling. She also had a suspended driver license. At the jail officers discovered Leavitt had nearly 2.5 ounces of heroin concealed on her. She tried to hide that heroin in the police car. The street value of the drugs in Leavitt's possession is over $10,000.00.
Officers booked Leavitt into jail on first degree felony charges of distribution of methamphetamine in a drug free zone and distribution of heroin in a drug free zone. They also booked her on three second degree felony charges of endangerment of a child, third degree felony evading police, class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, and class B misdemeanor DUI. Leavitt was also booked for equipment, seat belt, and moving violations. Leavitt was also found to have several warrants for her arrest. The local office of the Division of Child and Family Services was contacted and Leavitt's children were released into the custody of her grandmother.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO