Created: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:00:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 04:48:15 MST
A three hour manhunt was suspended early Thursday morning after officers failed to locate a fugitive who escaped custody while en route to the Cache County Jail. According to Logan City Police Captain Curtis Hooley, Osvaldo Miranda, a 23 year old Hispanic male (also known as Ozzie), was under arrest for felony drug-related crimes resulting from an active Cache Rich Drug Task Force investigation.
Miranda had been pulled over by officers and arrested on U.S. Highway 89/91 and was being transported to the jail when he escaped from the vehicle of a Utah Highway Patrol officer at the intersection of 1000 West 200 North.
"We're looking into it but somehow he got the door open and unlatched his seat belt," Hooley said of the escape. Miranda was in handcuffs.
Officers established a perimeter that extended several blocks in all directions and immediately began searching surrounding businesses, neighborhoods and fields. An exhaustive three hour search involved officers with North Park, Cache County Sheriff, Utah Highway Patrol and Logan City Police.
A K9 unit was brought for the search and officers used thermal imaging devices to assists in the nighttime search. However, the fugitive was not apprehended. The manhunt was called off at approximately 1 a.m. Wanted posters were going to be distributed throughout the area.
Miranda was last seen in the area of 1000 West 200 North in Logan just after 10 p.m. wearing a tan shirt and jeans. He is described as 5'10" tall, 145 lbs with short black hair. Hooley says that Miranda has known gang affiliations and frequently travels to the Wasatch Front. Anyone with information should contact the Logan City Police department immediately: (435) 753-7555.