A wanted fugitive who officials say intentionally rammed his vehicle into another car being driven by a Salt Lake Metro Gang detective's vehicle led officers from several agencies on a chase early Wednesday before getting away.

Gang detectives were looking for Lucas Troy Neilson, 28, a fugitive parolee with known "violent tendencies" who had a no-bail warrant out for his arrest, said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Jaroscak.

A member of the gang unit spotted what he thought might be Neilson's car and pulled up beside him in an unmarked patrol car to get a better look, Jaroscak said. Neilson apparently recognized that it was a police officer possibly looking for him and rammed the officer's vehicle with his, Jaroscak said. The detective did not suffer serious injury.

Police from several jurisdictions initiated a pursuit. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle near 4500 South and 700 East. A short time later, however, they found the vehicle had crashed into a telephone pole near 3700 South and 700 East and was abandoned.

A helicopter from the Department of Public Safety and K9s were brought out to search for Neilson. A woman who was in the car with him was found hiding in a nearby shed, Jaroscak said. It was unknown Wednesday afternoon whether she would face any charges.

A check of court records showed Neilson has an extensive criminal history including charges of aggravated assault, drug possession and distribution, aggravated burglary and theft.


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