Ashley Marie Villaneuva faces numerous charges including assault on a police officer, theft by receiving stolen property, driving under the influence and attempted failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop.
The incident began in Salt Lake City about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when state Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division officers trailed a stolen Toyota Tundra until it reached the west side of Salt Lake City. At that point Villaneuva allegedly fled at a high rate of speed and officers terminated the chase because of heavy traffic, according to a Davis County Sheriff’s press release.
An attempt to locate was broadcast and the vehicle was located in Farmington, where another pursuit was initiated by Farmington police, the release said. Police terminated that pursuit as the vehicle left the city. Davis County deputies began following the vehicle along southbound I-15 without lights or sirens.
Police said Villaneuva traveled the speed limit until reaching North Salt Lake, then accelerated her speed. Officers had laid out spike strips near 2600 South in an attempt to disable the vehicle’s tires. When Villaneuva saw the spike, she allegedly began backing up along the freeway.
She allegedly backed into a jersey barrier, but a deputy blocked the vehicle from the front. Police say Villaneuva then drove forward, ramming the deputy’s vehicle, then backed up and rammed it again. She then allegedly exited the Toyota and fled on foot across the northbound I-15 lanes. When she reached the northbound 2600 South off ramp, she was taken into custody. No one was injured.