SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – Roy Fritts, 33, served 10 years in prison for attempted murder after he was convicted of firing at police while his pregnant girlfriend drove down an Oregon highway at speeds that reached over 100 mph.
On Monday, he found himself involved in yet another shooting and once again leading police on a high speed chase with a female companion.
This time it was with his new wife, 35-year-old Jessica Fritts. The couple were married behind bars after meeting on an online prison pen-pal program. She had previously been incarcerated for robbing a bank in 2001.
Now the pair were headed to Nevada. Roy was wanted out of Oregon after leaving the state without permission, and the couple had already eluded a state trooper after having stole a car that they later abandoned.
Police were finally able to locate the Fritts after a 54-year-old man was found on the side of the road on Sunday, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he explained he had been travelling with the couple when they shot him and stole his van.
Using this info, the van was spotted in Wyoming on Monday.
A chase began when deputies tried to pull the van over, crossing into Utah and getting the Summit County Sheriff’s office and Utah Highway Patrol involved.
The van was disabled after spike strips where used, and the couple ran on foot.
They eventually found an old man in his driveway and hijacked his vehicle, but were unable to get very far. The car had a manual transmission and neither of the Fritts knew how to drive a stick-shift.
Six armed deputies surrounded the couple and took them into custody without further incident.
They were also very lucky. A sniper had Fritts in his sights during the hijacking attempt, but because of the nearby civilian, didn’t take the shot. Too bad.
Tags: Carjacking, Crime, high speed chase, Jessica Fritts, Roy Fritts, Shooting, Utah