BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
WEST POINT — What could have ended with a minor traffic violation turned into a major problem for residents of a West Point neighborhood on Wednesday.
When it was over, Nathan Langlais, 26, of Ogden, was booked into the Davis County Jail on multiple charges after two off-duty Layton firefighters cornered him in a yard and held him for Davis County deputies.
The incident started about 10 a.m., when a deputy tried to pull Langlais over at about 300 South and 1600 West on a traffic violation, said Davis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
Instead of pulling over, Langlais allegedly drove off “at a high rate of speed,” Poulsen said. As Langlais tried to maneuver, he lost control of the low-suspension vehicle, crashing into a curb. He allegedly fled on foot and deputies lost sight of him for a time, Poulsen said. He entered a home and ran through the house. The homeowner confronted him and shut him out of the house before calling authorities.
At that point, deputies lost him for a couple of hours, and he allegedly entered another home. The woman there ran from the house telling at deputies, “he’s in there,” Poulsen said.
He then allegedly walked into a third home, where he again was told to leave.
Thinking the coast would be clear after a couple of hours, Poulsen said he opened the garage door.
Two off-duty Layton City firefighters were working in a nearby yard and listening to the police scanner when they saw Langlais open the garage door. They were able to tackle him until deputies arrived.
West Point and Lakeside elementary schools were placed on lockdown for 15-20 minutes, said Davis School District spokeswomen Shaunna Lund. West Point Junior High was asked to go on lockdown, but it was cancelled before it happened.
Langlais is now facing multiple charges, including burglary for taking a change of clothes at the first house he entered, Poulsen said. He was also driving on a suspended license and is facing felony evading charges.