HILDALE, Utah — A Hildale City Council member has been charged with stalking and domestic violence following an arrest during a family disturbance reported earlier this week.
Jared Nicol, 46, was arrested late Wednesday night and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility.
On Thursday, Nicol was formally charged with one count each of stalking and violation of a protective order, as well as three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child.
Nicol was dropping off one of his children at his ex-wife’s home after a scheduled visitation when he parked in front of his ex-wife’s vehicle as the family was about to head out of town.
According to court documents, Nicol refused to move his car, and the children’s mother drove down a steep hill in an attempt to go around. Nicol then allegedly lurched forward and nearly struck the family vehicle.
Police say he continued to follow his ex-wife's vehicle along State Route 59 for more than 10 miles. The children’s mother called emergency dispatch to report the incident, telling officers she was “fearful for herself and her children,” the officer noted in the report.
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