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.