Stolen car owner’s dog dies in crash in southern Utah

IRON COUNTY, Utah — A man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a car in Cedar City, ran from police at extremely high speeds, then rolled the car, which resulted in the death of the car owner’s dog .

Police say Sean Damian Peacock, 21, of Enoch, stole a car Thursday afternoon that was left running in front of the Iron County Care & Share food pantry and emergency shelter.

Shortly after, police received reports of a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car being recklessly driven southbound on I-15.

A deputy from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office then spotted the car traveling at 99 miles per hour and arrested the driver.

As the deputy walked toward the car, Peacock took off and “continued to drive at high speed with complete disregard for his own life and the lives of other motorists,” a press release from the sheriff’s office said.

Peacock exited the freeway at Kanarraville but crashed and rolled taking the off ramp. He was ejected from the vehicle and taken to St. George’s Regional Hospital by LifeFlight.

Iron County Sheriff’s Office

A dog that belonged to the owner of the car was also ejected in the crash and died at the scene.

The sheriff’s office said Peacock is expected to be released from hospital on Friday and will face charges after his release.

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