OREM Orem police had their hands full over the weekend dealing with two men who they say had a bit too much to drink.
Saturday night, a man called police to report that his drunken neighbor was threatening him.
Police responded to the area and found a very intoxicated, very feisty, 5-foot-3-inch, 130-pound man, said Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards.
The 30-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct and on the way to Orem's jail began threatening the officers, who didn't feel too threatened by the small man, Edwards said.
Once the man got to the Orem holding facility he stopped the threatening comments and focused his energies on plugging the toilet in the holding cell with his clothes, Edwards said.
Police put the then-naked man in the other, non-flooded cell until they could take him to the Utah County Jail.
It was the man's 15th arrest since 1999.
Later, around 3 a.m. Sunday, police got a call that an unconscious man was camped at the southbound intersection of 800 N. State, Edwards said.
Police found the man slumped over with one hand on the wheel, his foot on the brake and the van still in drive.
The van was locked, so officers used several tools to try to open the passenger door and turn off the van before they dealt with the 20-year-old driver, from Pleasant Grove, Edwards said.
But the fidgeting with the tools in the window woke the man, who panicked and against police commands drove off on the wrong side of the road.
The man drove against traffic for several blocks, ignoring the police lights and sirens, bouncing off the curbs and forcing cars to swerve out of his way, Edwards said.
"It was obvious from (the man's) actions he was using his vehicle as a weapon to flee from arrest," according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.
Backup officers soon arrived to block the man's car, and a second police car pinned the van in place to prevent him from leaving.The intoxicated man was ordered out of the car at gunpoint, Edwards said, and booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of DUI, evading, driving on a suspended license and aggravated assault.
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