Man charged after allegedly threatening Uber driver’s life, resisting arrest in West Valley City

Dyson Gorman. Photo: Salt Lake County

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Nov. 23, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man has been booked into the Salt Lake County jail system after he allegedly threatened the life of an Uber driver, causing the man to flee the vehicle, then resisted arrest and told officers he was too drunk to recall what had happened.

Dyson Garrison Gorman, 25, was arrested at 3:28 a.m. Saturday, and has been charged on suspicion of:

  • Aggravated assault/threat of violence, a third-degree felony
  • Threat of violence, a class B misdemeanor
  • Interference with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor
  • Intoxication, a class C misdemeanor

The Uber driver told West Valley City officers he picked up Gorman downtown, then drove him to the requested address.

“Upon arriving, the AP placed his hands in his pocket and stated, ‘You want to stay alive or die? Get out of the car!,” the probable cause statement says.

“The Uber driver ran out of the vehicle and took the keys as he got out of the vehicle. The Uber driver stated he feared for his life thinking the AP (accused person) was going to shoot him.”

Officers found Gorman in the driver’s seat, the statement says.

“I initiated a high risk stop. I commanded the AP to get out
of the vehicle. The AP ducked down and hid. Once other officers arrived on scene we gave additional verbal commands to the AP instructing him to get out of the vehicle. The AP did not comply with orders.”

West Valley City police officers then used a pepper ball gun on Gorman, the statement says.

“The AP opened the door to the vehicle but did not exit the vehicle. A K-9 was deployed and the AP was taken into custody.

“The AP stated he was drunk and advised he did not remember anything that occurred.”

Gorman is being held on $10,000 bail.


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