Police officers had a hard time getting a West Jordan man into jail early Thursday morning, but they had an even harder time getting him out.

The man so badly battered the cell door that officers could not operate the lock and had to remove the door by the hinges. Once the door was removed the man was transferred to the Salt Lake County Jail.West Jordan police dispatcher Mark Whetsel watched the prisoner on a video monitor for more than an hour beginning about 4:45 a.m. Thursday and reported that he swore continually and repeatedly flung himself against the steel door to the holding cell.

Several times the dispatcher saw the man wince in pain after hurling himself against the door, but the activity continued after the man apparently damaged several fixtures in the cell and bent the steel frame around the dead bolt on the door.

Damage to the jail cell was estimated at $600.

Scott Robert Provstgaard, 30, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and is being held without bail on a no-arrest warrant for injuring a jail. He is also being held for one charge each of assault, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.