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Weather, police chase, mall shopper traffic not a good mix

Suspect Makayla Lopshire was taken into custody Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Co. Sheriff's Office

SALT LAKE CITY — It was already a wet, rainy rush hour coming to an end on Thursday night, when a big crash caused major delays around one of the area’s biggest shopping malls, Fashion Place.  Unified Police spokeswoman Melody Gray says officers spotted a car driven by a female with felony warrants at the Wal Mart on 5400 South Redwood Rd.  She says officers were attempting to take her into custody, but she fled the scene.

“At 70th South 1300 West they attempted to spike her.  She did flee at that time, and hit a vehicle.  The officers did not pursue her.  She hit another vehicle at 70th South State Street,” says Gray.

A male passenger in the suspect’s car suffered serious injuries in the second crash, was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.  The female suspect, identified as 27-year-old Makayla Lopshire, is facing additional fleeing charges, according to Gray.  The male passenger, as of late Thursday night, had not been arrested pending a check of any outstanding warrants he might have.

Two people inside the other vehicle, hit when the suspect’s car ran a red light, were not hurt.  Traffic was tied up in and out of busy Fashion Place Mall for over an hour while the wreck was being cleared.