Two men face attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at a man inside a car before leading police on a high-speed chase early Saturday.
Jose Martinez and Mike Steinly told police they were riding in a Cadillac about 2 a.m. near 900 S. State when they noticed a van following them, according to 3rd District Court charges filed Tuesday.At 250 S. 300 East, the van cut in front of the Cadillac, forcing it to stop, the charges state. Then a man exited the van, approached Martinez on the passenger side of the Cadillac, held a gun about 18 inches from him and fired a shot.
Martinez moved out of the way and a bullet hit the car seat, inches from Martinez and Steinly, the charges state. The victims drove away and the van continued to follow them.
After being alerted about the shooting, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Graviet spotted the van near 400 South and 200 East, but the van failed to stop. During the wild ride that ensued, the van sped through numerous red lights and sometimes against traffic.
At one point, the van almost struck a police car. Police finally stopped the van at 1800 S. Main. Both occupants fled on foot but were chased and captured.
Salt Lake Police Officer J. Kendrick was forced to use multiple blows of his baton to subdue one of the men, the charges state.
Both suspects, a 21-year-old Kearns man and a 20-year-old West Valley man, have been charged with attempted murder, a second-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. The 21-year-old man was also charged with failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop, a third-degree felony, and the 20-year-old was charged with interference with a peace officer making an arrest, a class B misdemeanor.
Both men are being held at the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail each.