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Man accused of assaulting officer in Ogden, hit-and-run, using meth and hiding in RV

Mug shot: Christopher Stephen Scott
Posted at 9:18 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 11:18:51-05

OGDEN, Utah — A man faces numerous misdemeanor and felony charges after a police investigation that began at an Ogden hotel and ended at a KOA campground in Brigham City on Sunday.

According to a probable cause statement, police tried to make contact with 31-year-old Christopher Stephen Scott, who was parked in a red Mazda 3.

Officers approached the Mazda and commanded Scott not to leave, but Scott "revved the vehicle's engine and accelerated sharply out of the parking stall where he had been parked. As he did so, he turned the wheel to his right. He accelerated the vehicle toward [an officer], who had to jump out of the way of the vehicle in order to avoid being hit by the vehicle," the statement says.

Police said Scott sped away in the Mazda and, soon afterward, the local dispatch center received a complaint of a hit-and-run crash at a nearby intersection.

Officers learned that Scott may have been staying at the KOA campground in Brigham City, where they went to try to locate Scott.

KOA staff informed officers that Scott was staying in an RV in one of the campground's lots. Police approached the RV and commanded Scott to come out, but received no reply.

The officers, who had obtained a warrant, forced their way into the RV, where they said they found Scott and his girlfriend hiding in "the void space beneath a folding futon-style couch."

Police commanded Scott to come out and used force to place him in handcuffs.

According to the statement, officers found 3.9 ounces of a white crystalline substance that tested positive for amphetamines, along with several needles and a bong inside the RV.

Police said Scott agreed to speak with investigators after he had been read his Miranda rights, and Scott admitted to hitting two vehicles in the intersection where the hit-and-run crash was reported and hiding in the RV when officers had commanded him to come out.

Scott told police he "hid underneath the couch in hopes that officers would leave and in order to spend a few more moments with his girlfriend," the statement says.

Scott faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, assault against a peace officer, failure to stop at the command of police and obstruction of justice. He also faces misdemeanor charges of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

A judge ordered Scott to be held without bail.