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Man faces felony charges for spree of property destruction, assault

Posted at 9:56 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 09:48:42-04

SANDY, Utah -- A man who allegedly went on a destructive rampage in his car Sunday is now facing felony charges for the spree, which included crashes into a home, cars, a business and a police station.

Phillip DeLuca, 36, was arrested Sunday after the path of destruction he left in his wake, and he allegedly abandoned his disabled vehicle and walked some distance before breaking into a home to assault a business partner.

Homeowners are left to clean up the damage, and they tell FOX 13 News they are glad DeLuca is behind bars. The man is facing three felony charges: One count of assault, one count of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated burglary.

The rampage began early Sunday morning, starting with a crash into a police station. The man also backed into two cars as well as the porch of a home, nearly hitting a teenage girl sleeping on a couch.

“Threw it back in reverse and came flying up on the porch and crashed right into the front of the house,” Jeremy Smith, the homeowner, said Sunday. His daughter was uninjured.

Lt. Lex Bell of the Unified Police Department said Sunday the targeted property appears to be related to the business partner DeLuca allegedly assaulted.

“He targeted properties that he worked with this individual on, or properties that he knew this other individual had been working on,” Bell said.

DeLuca assaulted that man while wielding a crutch, but he was arrested after the man and his family fought back and were able to subdue him until police arrived.