Deputies book two people in connection with suspected burglary and high speed chase

LOGAN — Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said deputies have booked two people, suspected of breaking into a home Tuesday night and robbing the owner at gunpoint, before leading authorities on a high speed chase.

Records show 53-year-old Douglas Birkinbine and 51-year-old Victoria Asta were booked into the Cache County Jail early Wednesday morning. Both are being held without bail.

Jensen said, deputies first responded to the report of an aggravated robbery at a Paradise home, Tuesday night around 6:30 p.m. Birkinbine is believed to have entered the home, pointed a gun at the face of the homeowners and searched through several areas of the residence.

The victims were later found by deputies hiding in the basement of the home after the suspect left.

Jensen said one of the responding deputy’s witnessed a vehicle in a remote area near the incident address and attempted to make a traffic stop. The deputy stopped his truck in the middle of the road and turned on his emergency lights. The vehicle refused to stop and went off the shoulder of the road and around the deputy’s truck.

Deputies, with help from Utah Highway Patrol troopers and Logan City Police officers, began chasing the vehicle through several communities in the south end of the valley. As they followed, speeds reached around 90 m.p.h.

Jensen said a deputy was able to stop the vehicle temporarily after ramming it and trying to push it off the road. The suspect vehicle rammed the patrol truck and continued to flee.

The chase finally ended in Logan, near the intersection of 200 North and 600 West. Deputies said Birkinbine exited the vehicle with an empty holster. A gun was later found inside.

Both Birkinbine and Asta are being held on multiple offences including felony aggravated robbery and burglary along with assaulting law enforcement officers.

Jensen said the investigation is ongoing. Formal charges are expected later this week.

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