Wanted man prompts felony stop on Highway 191

By Doug McMurdo

The Times-Independent

A man wearing a tactical vest with two loaded handguns and other weapons was arrested by law enforcement officers from a number of agencies on Highway 191 last week.

Kevin Thomas Candley, 39, was wanted for alleged domestic violence and theft in Green River, and the Emery County Sheriff’s office issued an attempt to locate him, warning officers he was in possession of firearms, according to Moab Police Chief Jim Winder.

A Moab officer working traffic control at a gas line break on Highway 191 south of the city spotted the silver Audi Candley was reportedly driving. The officer followed the Audi and confirmed the license plate matched information contained in the attempt to locate bulletin, said Winder. Deputies from the Grand and San Juan county sheriff’s departments and the Utah Highway Patrol joined the officer and performed a felony stop – guns drawn – and Candley complied with their commands.

Winder said in addition to the two handguns, which were in holsters attached to the vest, Candley had a hatchet, a fixed blade knife and a pair of scissors.

A shotgun was reportedly on the passenger seat, along with allegedly stolen property.

Details regarding the alleged domestic violence were not provided.

Candley was taken into custody without incident and officers from Emery County later picked him up from the Grand County Jail.