Two people were arrested Sunday, Aug. 6 after leading police on a high-speed chase that began at Lions Park north of Moab and ended in northern San Juan County. Troy Wayne Melton, 43, and Lisa Gail Bosserman, 43, both from Staunton, Virginia, ignored a Grand County Sheriff deputy’s orders to exit a 1998 Toyota Camry at Lions Park then fled the scene, racing through downtown Moab at speeds sometimes exceeding 100 miles per hour, according to a news release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Bosserman and Melton face multiple charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, speeding, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, felony evading and a weapons offense, sheriff’s department officials said.
The incident began at 8:52 a.m. on Aug. 6 when the deputy “encountered a suspicious vehicle” in the parking lot at Lions Park, according to the news release. The deputy ran a check on the vehicle’s license plate and discovered the Camry had been reported stolen in Virginia. The deputy approached Melton, who was standing outside the vehicle, and Melton quickly got inside the car and refused to exit, sheriff’s officials said. Bosserman was returning to the car and also ignored the deputy’s order to remain outside the vehicle. Melton then drove off and headed north on U.S. 191 with the deputy in pursuit, according to the sheriff’s office.
Melton made a U-turn at the north end of the Colorado River bridge and headed south on U.S. 191 toward town. Moab City Police officers joined the pursuit near 400 North and Main Street. The Camry reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour as it approached Moab and continued through town, “failing to stop at red lights and creating a hazard to other drivers,” according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
For safety reasons, the pursuing officers slowed their speed as they passed through town.
“The suspect vehicle was again pursued as it continued south on [U.S.] 191 and into San Juan County,” sheriff’s department officials said. “The driver made several attempts to discourage the pursuit by slamming on its brakes and driving towards oncoming traffic.” The pursuit ended at 9:14 a.m. at mile marker 106 in San Juan County when the Camry “experienced mechanical problems and was no longer operable,” officials said. Melton and Bosserman were taken into custody without further incident and were booked into Grand County Jail.