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Multiple lanes of I-15 SB closed by semi crash

LAYTON — A driver fleeing from police could be to blame for a crash involving a semi with a triple trailer that snarled the southbound commute from Weber County into Salt Lake City Tuesday morning, Utah Highway Patrol says.

At one point, it took drivers more than an hour to get from Ogden to Kaysville on I-15, and alternate routes like U.S. 89 had similar backups.

A jail report says a Syracuse officer first spotted the vehicle in the chase in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

“I ran the vehicle’s license plate and noticed multiple arrest warrants were attached to the vehicle,” the officer wrote in his report.

Police ended that pursuit over concerns about public safety, but continued to run the warrants via laptop.

“I then heard on the radio that dispatch was advised that the vehicle involved in my evade, had been involved in an accident, on southbound I-15 just south of the Layton Parkway on-ramp, where the vehicle had caused a semi truck to rollover,” the report states.

UHP says the driver of the vehicle tried to pass a tractor-trailer on the right. The vehicle lost control, going under the semi, which caused the truck’s third trailer to roll over. All four of the people in the vehicle had warrants out for their arrests. One was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The semi’s driver was not hurt.

Police booked Marcus Anthony Zavala, 24, into the Davis County Jail. In addition to the outstanding warrant, he is accused of failing to stop for police and driving without a license or registration.