Man accused of running over restaurant employee in SLC charged with felony assault

Posted at 9:16 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 23:09:27-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Police have charged a man with assault after they say he ran a restaurant employee over with a vehicle during an argument about parking.

Police are still searching for Patrick Walker in connection with the incident, which occurred at Hires Big H at 700 East and 400 South.

Authorities released a prior booking photo of Walker from 2014. He was charged with Threat of Violence, a Class B misdemeanor Walker pleaded guilty to.

Employees told police Walker had been parking and loitering in their parking lot regularly, and on December 15 employees approached him and asked him not to park there anymore.

That led to an argument, and police say Walker ran over the employee with his truck.

Charging documents state a witness observed Walker hitting the employee, knocking him down and continuing to drive over him. The witness said Walker then backed up over the man, then drove over him again before fleeing the scene.

Police say surveillance footage from a nearby business corroborated the witnesses’ account of the altercation.

The employee was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Walker is charged with aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury as a second-degree felony, aggravated assault as a third-degree felony, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident as a third-degree felony.

Both assault charges are enhanced because Walker’s truck was considered a weapon in the attack.