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Suspect in custody after leading chase through Salt Lake County

Posted at 10:54 AM, Jun 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-28 15:54:26-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A man was taken into custody Monday after leading police on a winding chase through Salt Lake County.

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Salt Lake City police said they were called to the Trolley Square area around 8:30 a.m. after a woman ran into a barber shop claiming she had been sexually assaulted. As the investigation was beginning, officers saw a vehicle driven by a man that matched the description of the suspect given by the woman.

Salt Lake Co. Car Chase

After learning the vehicle had been stolen, police initiated a stop that led to the suspect pulling over at 700 South 700 East. However, the man drove off leading to a pursuit that went through multiple jurisdictions.

Lt. Lisa Pascadlo of the Salt Lake City Police Department said the man brandished a knife during the chase, and used stabbing motions towards officers. She added that multiple civilian vehicles were hit during the chase.

"He was more than aggressive during the pursuit. He had multiple opportunities to pull over and submit, and in fact, appeared to be threatening our officers during the entire time," said Pascadlo.

Officers attempted what they call "pursuit intervention techniques" which led to the suspect's car being damaged. The pursuit ended in Murray when the man crossed over a median and drove into a wall.

The suspect was being interviewed about his role in the possible sexual assault and the stolen vehicle.

Pascadlo says the suspect faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault on an officer after intentionally ramming a police vehicle.