A short chase in Salt Lake City early Thursday ended when the vehicle being pursued lost control and smashed into a fire hydrant, sending a geyser into the frigid air.
The incident began just before 12:30 a.m. when an officer attempted to pull over a vehicle on a license plate violation near 800 South and 300 West, said Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Bedard. The car took off when the officer activated his police lights.
The officer found the vehicle cornered on a dead end street near 900 South and 200 West. But the driver did not surrender.
"He drove head-on at the officer, tried to ram him head-on. The officer pulled off onto the curb to avoid a collision," Bedard said.
As the vehicle attempted to make a getaway it nearly hit several other police cars, he said. Near 120 South and 400 East, the driver lost control of the fleeing vehicle, rolled and hit a fire hydrant.
The driver and passenger got out and ran opposite directions. The driver ran toward the Salt Lake City Police Department and was arrested east of the building. Officers used a Taser on the other fleeing man who at first continued to resist even after being Tased but then calmed down and was arrested, Bedard said.
Both men were treated for minor injuries related to the traffic accident before being taken to jail. Brandon Bullock, 26, and 29-year-old Ira Horse were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple charges, including aggravated assault.
The pressure from the fire hydrant combined with the ice it formed broke out a window of the suspects' vehicle, Bedard said. Road crews were called to heavily salt the area around the broken hydrant.