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High speed chase ends with arrest of Scottsdale, Arizona man
Robert Kreckel, 27, of Scottsdale, Arizona, had quite a busy day on Sunday, May 17, when he led multiple law enforcement agencies on a long and fast-paced chase. What started out as a request for help from the U.S. Park Service near Glen Canyon Dam, turned into a high speed chase involving many law enforcement personnel from Arizona and Utah, spiked tires, scary moments, and finally, an uneventful arrest in a grassy area of the Kanab Creek Ranchos near the sewer ponds.
Kreckel allegedly traveled at a high rate of speed, heading east from Lake Powell on Highway 89. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mason Haycock said he started following Kreckel about 20 miles east of the city, keeping up with the suspect’s BMW as it continued at speeds up to 120 miles per hour.
Both the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Kanab City Police attempted to hinder the vehicle by putting up road spikes. Kreckel just kept on going. He drove through the Kanab Creek Ranchos, and turned onto a road that didn’t give his car (and tires) much latitude, and crashed.
He was taken into custody without incidence. Charges filed include Driving with a Measurable Controlled Substance, Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Revoked Drivers License Non-Drug/Alcohol, Evading/Fleeing by Vehicle, Speeding, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, and Possession of Stolen Vehicle. Bail was set at $17,670.