Witnesses recount teen’s alleged road rage incident in West Jordan

Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-27 21:01:02-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah – A teenage suspect and his male passenger were driving a tan Yukon on 90th South in West Jordan Saturday, when witnesses say the teen turned on Galilee Way and started driving enraged and out of control.

“We were laying in our bed, kind of relaxing, and all of the sudden it sounded like a car was coming through the house,” said resident Spencer Vanduren.

The driver tore through Vanduren's fence in his front yard. Another resident, Malcom Mcelyea, says the suspect clipped his car. When he saw the teen driver trying to leave, Mcelyea attempted to stop him by ramming his Jeep into the teen's vehicle several times.

“Our bumpers hooked up and they drug me a little over 200 feet down the road, before I could get him to release,” Mcelyea said.

The two cars came to a stop after hitting a cluster trees in a resident's yard, narrowly missing the house. Mcelyea and another resident tackled the suspect and detained him until police arrived.

“The adult passenger was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Sgt. Nelson Vargas with the West Jordan Police Department. “The driver was detained and questioned. He was later transported to juvenile detention on the hit and run charges.”

Police say they are still investigating.

“We collected a lot of witness statements on scene,” Vargas said. “So, I’m sure there’ll be further investigation as to where the incident started, if it started somewhere else.”

Police say drugs or alcohol were not factors in the incident.