Charges filed against man accused of stealing cop car

Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-27 17:35:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Multiple charges have been filed against a man accused of assaulting ambulance workers, stealing a police car and leading officers on a chase through Salt Lake County.

Police say that 31-year-old Wesley Glenn Velasco assaulted two ambulance workers who were transporting him and escaped out a back door of the ambulance in West Valley City on Saturday afternoon.

Police officers say they were able to locate Velasco in a nearby business and a fight ensued where Velasco was struck with a Taser at least once without impact. Velasco was able to escape and get into a West Valley City Police car where he led police on a chase through Salt Lake County.

He was located near 6500 South and 3000 East in Cottonwood Heights where he was taken into custody.

Velasco is facing multiple charges, including first-degree felony aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, escape from official custody, assault on a police officer and criminal mischief.

Related story:
Man arrested after stealing police car, leading cops on a chase