Preliminary hearing waived for Logan man accused of running from police during traffic stop

LOGAN — A 21-year-old man suspected of trying to run from officers during a traffic stop has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Forrest Rodriguez appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He has been charged with 30 counts – 12 felonies and 18 misdemeanors – including distributing a controlled substance, sexual abuse of a minor and use of a firearm by a restricted person. The offenses allegedly occurred between February 23 and May 7.

Early on the morning of March 8, North Park Police officers made a traffic stop near 2600 North 200 East in North Logan. Rodriguez allegedly gave police a false name and date of birth. He then tried to exit the vehicle and flee on foot.

The suspect jumped a fence into the backyard of a nearby house. An officer chased Rodriguez, finding him a short time later attempting to hide. Police also found a loaded firearm near where he was hiding.

During Monday’s hearing, defense attorney Michael McGinnis told the court his client wished to waive his right to the hearing. He explained they had worked out a plea deal with prosecutors, but needed another week to negotiate specific details.

Rodriguez spoke only briefly, telling Judge Thomas Willmore that he was willing to give up his rights to the hearing where prosecutors would have presented their evidence in the cases.

Rodriguez remains in the Cache County Jail being held on $72,000 bail. He was ordered to appear again in court May 21 for a change of plea hearing.

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