KEARNS — A man who police say tried to disarm an officer before stealing her patrol car surrendered a short time later by driving the car to a police substation.
The wild incident began about 10 a.m. Thursday when residents reported a suspicious man looking in windows at 5100 S. 4620 West, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. The man was wearing a black hat, black coat and carrying a black garbage bag.
A responding officer spotted the man and tried to question him, but he ran off, Hoyal said. The female officer followed in her patrol vehicle and called for backup. She caught up with the man, who appeared to be ready to surrender.
As she attempted to handcuff him and take him into custody, he began fighting with her, Hoyal said. During the struggle, the female officer said the man tried to grab her gun. She was able to fight him off, Hoyal said.
The man then ran away from the officer, straight to her patrol vehicle. He got into the driver's seat and took off. By that time, several backup officers were already in the area, Hoyal said.
A short chase ensued through several Kearns neighborhoods with speeds only between 40 mph and 50 mph, he said. The chase ended when the man drove to the Unified Police Kearns substation at 4250 W. 5415 South to surrender.
A Unified Police car was close behind and blocked the man's vehicle from being able to go any farther. While being arrested, George Kallas, 41, told police he had left the stolen vehicle in drive, and it hit the car that blocked him, Hoyal said.
There were no serious injuries, and damage to the police cars was minimal, Hoyal said. Kallas was arrested for investigation of several charges, including assault on a police officer, fleeing, attempting to disarm a police officer and escaping from custody.
Kallas has a lengthy criminal history, according to Utah state court records. He was charged with misdemeanor drug possession in September and criminal mischief in October. His most serious charges came in 1999 when he was sentenced to the Utah State Prison on a credit card fraud conviction. He was also convicted on a felony firearms charge in 1999 in a separate case.