An 18-year-old man has been charged on two counts of aggravated assault and failing to respond to a police officer's command in connection with a chase that injured two Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies.
The incident began July 16 at 2:10 a.m. when the suspect, who was driving a Bronco with Wyoming license plates, was stopped by Salt Lake police officer T. Doubt at 1300 S. State. The vehicle was believed to have been stolen.Doubt asked the man to step back to the patrol vehicle. However, "the Bronco exited the area at a high rate of speed," according to a probable cause statement filed in 3rd Circuit Court.
A car chase, joined by county deputy sheriffs and reaching speeds over 80 miles per hour, ensued and three times the Bronco "intentionally rammed" into Deputy Mike Parr's car as the chase continued toward Little Cottonwood Canyon, it said.
As the Bronco headed east near Snowbird, it crossed into the opposing traffic lane and struck head-on a car driven by Deputy Mike Welker, court documents state. Parr and another deputy received minor injuries in the collisions. The suspect was treated and released at Alta View Hospital.