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Police: Man faces multiple felonies after admitting to opening fire in I-15 road rage incident in Lehi

Jesse David Luker
Posted at 9:16 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 11:16:11-05

LEHI, Utah — Court documents show a man faces multiple felony charges in connection with a road rage incident on I-15 in Lehi Monday morning.

Jesse David Luker, 31, of Salt Lake City, faces five third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor count of discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

Witnesses told police that Luker, who had been driving a black 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, and the driver of a white pickup truck had been swerving aggressively at each other on southbound I-15 between milepost 285 and exit 279 around 7:35 a.m.

"During an interview, Luker advised that the white truck was swerving towards him and it [became] more aggressive as they traveled. Luker advised that the white truck was swerving hard towards him, at which point he shot four bullets at the white truck. Luker advised that he was aiming for the tires on the truck," a probable cause statement says.

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According to police, Luker said he then fired three or four more rounds at the white truck, and attempted to exit the freeway, but the white truck swerved into the right rear of the Silverado, causing the Silverado to crash into a barrier on the right side of exit 279.

"The white truck continued southbound and took the next exit, later arriving at American Fork Hospital. Two occupants inside the white truck, the driver and rear left passenger, both sustained gunshot wounds," the statement says.

One victim underwent surgery in critical condition, but is expected to recover. The other gunshot wound victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

According to police, Luker opened fire while traveling at about 70 mph on the freeway, and there was "moderate to heavy" traffic on the road at the time.

Traffic on southbound I-15 in the Lehi area came to a standstill after UHP closed off the highway to investigate what had occurred.