A short chase in Salt Lake City early Thursday ended when a fleeing vehicle lost control and crashed 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.
The officer found the vehicle cornered on a dead-end street near 900 South and 200 West. The car then tried to ram the officer head-on. The officer had to take evasive action.
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 and the car rolled, hitting the hydrant.
The driver and passenger got out and ran in 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 but then calmed down and was arrested, Bedard said.