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West Valley City Police: Man arrested after fleeing, dragging officers during pursuit

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Feb 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-06 16:33:45-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man was arrested Saturday night after police say he attempted to flee a DUI stop, briefly dragging two officers along in the process.

Cory Heenan, 31, of West Valley City, was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on multiple charges, including two counts of Aggravated Assault targeting Law Enforcement with Bodily Injury and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

According to the probable cause statement filed by police, Heenan was initially stopped by West Valley City Police officers after blocking traffic at the intersection of 3500 South Redwood Road while the light was green.

Officers followed his vehicle and observed him swerving in and out of the lane multiple times, as well as failing to signal. When they asked him to exit the vehicle under suspicion of DUI, he refused to exit the vehicle. Officers then spotted a firearm in the passenger seat.

When they attempted to pull him out of the vehicle, he sped off, dragging two officers briefly as he fled. Both officers suffered mild injuries.

A chase ensued, and officers tried to slow down Heenan's vehicle via a PIT maneuver (where a police vehicle will ram a fleeing vehicle's rear to force it to turn abruptly in order to bring it to a stop).

The chase led to Heenan's residence in Holladay, where he was later taken into custody. As he was being transported, police say he repeatedly threatened to kill the officers and called them "b****es."

Heenan is currently being held without bail.