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Standoff near St. George ends after closing I-15 for nine hours


Jud Burkett / AP Photo/The Spectrum

Law enforcement officers from a number of different agencies, including the Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Hurricane Police Department and the Washington City Police Department, keep their weapons trained on a maroon colored Scion, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at mile marker 17 near Hurricane, Utah.

Updated Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 | 8:32 p.m.

Interstate 15 standoff

After about nine hours, an armed man involved in a highway chase and standoff with Utah authorities on Interstate 15 has surrendered without incident.

A stretch of the highway was closed to both north and southbound traffic near St. George, Utah, as authorities were responding to the standoff.

The incident started around 11 a.m. about 10 miles north of St. George after La Verkin police tried to make a traffic stop, according to Dwayne Baird, spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety.

The male driver led police on a chase along I-15, Baird said. Responding authorities used spikes to deflate the car’s tires and halt the vehicle.

The man then stayed inside the vehicle with two minors as Utah’s responding police and SWAT team worked to resolve the situation peacefully, according to Loy Hixson, Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

Both children were released from the vehicle, and Utah authorities took the man into custody around 8 p.m., Hixson said.

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