TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – A teenager is dead after a night of reckless driving led to a crash in Taylorsville early Tuesday morning, police say.
According to Lt. Manfred Lassig with the Unified Police Department, six people riding in a Chevrolet Blazer were spotted driving out of control in the Millcreek area at 10:30 p.m. Monday. He said when police activated their emergency lights the driver of the Blazer, 18-year-old Casey Cook-Ziemelis fled the scene and police did not pursue.
Just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, someone called police to report a “suspicious group of people" in an apartment complex.
Unified Police responded to the scene. Lt. Lassig said when his officers approached, the teenagers took off in the SUV.
Lt. Lassig says Ziemelis drove westbound on 4500 South and targeted another car.
“[Ziemelis] drove right at them, changed direction on their travel and drove right at them, intentionally striking them. The vehicle rolled,” said Lt. Lassig.
The two people inside the victim’s car were not seriously injured.
As for everyone riding in the suspect’s vehicle, a teenager died at the scene, three others were taken to the hospital in poor condition, and another teenager was treated at the scene.
According to Lassig, Ziemelis ran away from the crash but was found and taken into custody. Ziemelis is facing multiple charges including manslaughter, attempted murder, aggravated assault and driving under the influence.
CORRECTION: Ziemelis gave incorrect information to officers and it was reported that his name was Casey Ziemelis-Cook, also known as Casey Cook, Ziemelis Cook, Jamez Allen Smith and Casey James Ziemelis.