West Valley City police: Trio arrested after driver flees traffic stop, hits officer’s cruiser

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Jan. 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Three people are in custody, and one is now facing serious charges, including aggravated assault on an officer.

The incident began just after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, when an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a red Honda Civic in the area of 5200 West and 4700 South.

West Valley City Police Lt. Todd Gray said the adult male driver fled, and in doing so, unwittingly drove down a dead-end street in a nearby subdivision.

“Instead of stopping, the driver turned around, came out, and intentionally struck the officer’s vehicle,” Gray told Gephardt Daily.

A short pursuit ensued, until the driver and his two passengers — a man and woman — abandoned the Honda and fled on foot into the neighborhood.

Police set up a containment area and brought in a K-9 unit. The male and female passengers were quickly apprehended, and the dog tracked the driver to a shed, where officers found him hiding and took him into custody.

Lt. Gray said the Honda was not a stolen vehicle, but the driver was wanted on several felony warrants. He is now facing additional charges of aggravated assault and evading, Gray said.

The two passengers will be charged with fleeing.



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