DUI motorcyclist injures UHP trooper’s leg at Utah State Capitol, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 22, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A 20-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly drove a dirt bike into a Utah Highway Patrol trooper early Saturday morning.

The young suspect was riding the dirt bike on Utah State Capitol grounds shortly before 2 a.m., UHP Trooper Colton Freckleton told Gephardt Daily.

“Two troopers responded,” Freckleton said. “One of the troopers (who was out of his vehicle) attempted to stop him, and he accelerated and ran into the trooper.”

The suspect then crashed the dirt bike and was taken into custody.

The injured trooper was transported to the hospital with a badly injured leg and sprained wrist, Freckleton said. He originally told Gephardt Daily the trooper’s leg was broken, but later called back with a correction.

“The 20-year-old was allegedly intoxicated,” Freckleton said. “He had previously fled from Salt Lake City police, probably from a traffic stop.”

The suspect was arrested for driving under the influence. It isn’t known if other charges may be pending.


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