(KUTV) - Newly released dash cam video of a very dangerous high-speed chase through the streets of Utah County, Utah shows how an officer risked his own life to capture the suspect.
The chase was the end of a five-day manhunt for 32-year-old Justin Gary Llewelyn who had been on the run since being accused of shooting a man in the chest on January 20th.
The dash cam video which was taken from a Provo Police car shows the pickup truck being driven by Llewelyn weaving in and out of traffic running from police.
As he is heading westbound on Main Street in Spanish Fork, the video shows off-duty deputy Justin Mortenson who is heading eastbound on Main Street suddenly turn left and smash his police cruiser right into Llewelyn’s truck, putting a quick end to the chase.
“He did what he had to do to make sure it could stop right there,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon. “Ramming another vehicle is not something we train to do.”
But Sgt. Cannon says Llewelyn needed to be stopped because of what he was accused of doing.
“We believe that the risk of death or serious bodily injury to the officers involved or to the public was high and it became imperative that Mr. Llewelyn be stopped,” said Sgt. Cannon.
Deputy Mortenson broke his hand and is still recovering from the incident. He spoke to 2News the day after it happened. “My entire thought process was get this guy stopped anyway I can. If this would have happened today I would have rammed him just like I did.”
“He’s a hero. He’s a hero,” said Kimberli Martinson who had just gassed up her car and watched it all play out right in front of her. “It was crazy, but [Deputy Mortenson] saved the day.”