A 22-year-old Salt Lake City man was charged with murder Wednesday after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle while trying to avoid road spikes deployed by police.
According to the alleged documents, officers from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Heber found Charles Dwight Caster driving a stolen vehicle in Wasatch County on September 22. Deputies attempted to tried to stop him several times, but Caster fled onto Highway 40, where he was originally. avoid spikes deployed by the Utah Highway Patrol. However, he crashed after turning to avoid a second volley of nails deployed by Summit County Sheriff deputies.
Caster and his passenger were both ejected from the vehicle in the collision, and the woman died from her injuries, according to the documents.
A reconstruction of the accident conducted by the West Valley City Police Department determined that Caster made a correction when changing lanes from the right to the right, causing the vehicle to lose control. The car then veered off the roadway and “rolled a few times”. Caster was driving between 92 and 103 miles per hour at the time of the crash, the document said.
Caster was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree felony receiving or delivering a stolen motor vehicle and third-degree felony of failing to respond to an officer’s stop signal.
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