BRIGHTON, Utah, Jan. 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 21-year-old Utah man who police say refused to turn away from a full ski resort parking lot, then allegedly wrestled a uniformed police officer for his weapon, has been booked into the Salt Lake County jail on felony charges.
Nathan Sheffield Harrison was booked after an altercation Saturday with a Unified Police Department officer who was working a Brighton shift on Saturday as part of a secondary employment contract held by the UPD.
Harrison approached the resort at about 10:15 a.m., a probable cause statement says.
“Parking lot attendants had closed the parking lot and were turning the vehicles around because the lot was full,” it says. “The AP (accused person) was continuously honking his horn as he approached the loop to turn around. I approached the AP’s car and
asked him why he was honking his horn.
“The AP began yelling and screaming that he had a season pass to ski and that I needed to let him through. I told him to stop honking his horn and that he would have to turn around like all the other drivers.”
The man, later identified as Harrison, rolled up his window and drove toward the signs and cones blocking the road. A parking lot attendant continued driving forward, the statement says.
“I banged on the AP’s window multiple times yelling at him to stop his car,” the UPD officer’s statement says. “The AP stopped his car after the attendant slapped the hood of his car. I told the AP to roll his window down multiple times which he did not comply. The AP sat in his car yelling, screaming, and waving his arms around. AP was obstructing traffic and was not following any of my commands.”
The officer then opened Harrison’s car door and “yelled for him to turn his car, continue through the loop and head down the mountain,” the statement says. “The AP immediately grabbed my coat and began pulling me into his vehicle. I yelled for him to exit the vehicle at which time he began pulling and swinging his arms around hitting me multiple times. I disconnected his seatbelt and pulled him out of the vehicle.”
Harrison yelled something the officer could not understand, and the officer tried but failed to wrestle Harrison to the ground.
“The AP continued swinging at me. I delivered multiple distraction blows to the AP’s jaw and face. This did not have the desired effect as the AP continued to strike me.”
The officer got Harrison to the ground and pinned him, the statement says.
“I then felt the AP reaching and grabbing the holster to my gun. I believed he was attempting to disarm me. Multiple witnesses confirmed his attempt and have filled out statements. Still attempting to control him on the ground, the AP was able to roll me over and push my head and chest into a nearby snow bank.
“The snow was very deep and I was completely unable to breath as he pushed my head into the snow. I could not see or breath at this time. I covered my firearm with one hand and was able to kick the AP off of me.”
The officer stood up, radioed for assistance and drew his gun on Harrison, the statement says.
“I told the AP to lie on the ground but he did not comply. The AP squatted on the ground. I holstered my weapon and reengaged the AP. I was able to control his head and one arm. I held him on the ground in this position until a backing unit arrived.”
A backup officer cuffed Harrison, who tried to break and pull off the handcuffs, the statement says. Harrison was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail in a patrol car that had a prisoner cage.
Harrison was booked on suspicion of:
- Disarming a police officer, a first-degree felony
- Aggravated assault an attempt with force or violence to injure, a third-degree felony
- Failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor
- Interfering with an officer, a class B misdemeanor
- Disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor
- Failure to obey signs, an infraction
Harrison is being held on $27,750 bail. As of late Tuesday afternoon, he remained in police custody.