On Tuesday, April 21 at 18:52 hours, the Kanab City Police Department was called to investigate a vehicle theft in Kanab. Kane County Sheriff Dispatchers immediately broadcast the vehicle description and Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the vehicle traveling northbound on US89 north of Kanab.

Deputies attempted to affect a traffic stop on the vehicle, but were unsuccessful as the driver continued at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued the driver, who was later identified as Oscar Manuel Flores, of Tuscon, Arizona. Flores turned onto SR9 west and headed toward Zion National Park.

As luck would have it, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office was holding their annual tactical tracking class in the East Zion area. A Utah DPS helicopter team was assisting with the training and provided immediate air support for the pursuit. Because of the air support, Deputies were able to slow down in an attempt to keep a safer circumstance as the pursuit continued through Zion National Park.

NPS Rangers assisted in the pursuit as it progressed and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies picked up the vehicle as it continued west out of the park. The vehicle progressed across spike strips and continued on until the driver was eventually stopped and apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

It was later discovered that Flores abandoned a vehicle at the theft site in Kanab. That vehicle is listed stolen out of Tuscon. Flores is being held at the Washington County Jail on multiple charges.