Deputy Tasers man in Salt Lake City
December 14, 2007
An alleged car chase in Parleys Canyon ended Thursday night with a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tasering the driver near State Street in Salt Lake City before the suspect was booked into jail.
The jolt from the stun gun did not seriously injure the man, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.
The incident began when a vehicle was reportedly stolen in the Glenwild area of western Summit County, Edmunds explained.
Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Lange quickly discovered the suspect who fled the scene when the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
"If I had to pick a deputy to be involved in this case, it would be him," Edmunds said about Lange’s experience chasing suspects. "We were on it in just a couple of minutes."
The chase continued at freeway speeds on westbound Interstate 80, Edmunds said.
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"[Lange] believed that we could continue the chase (safely)," the sheriff said.
Spikes were used to damage the tires near where I-80 and Interstate 215 meet in Salt Lake County, but the driver continued on, Edmunds said.
"He continued to go after the tires went off the rims and he proceeded westbound on I-80 to State Street," the sheriff said. "At that point we performed a pursuit-intervention technique where we tap the vehicle to cause it to go into a spin."
The suspect refused to cooperate when officers attempted to take him into custody, Edmunds said, adding, "that’s when a Taser was deployed."
"The Taser allowed us to bring the suspect safely into custody. This is a classic use for the Taser," Edmunds said. "I am very pleased by this. We took a felon off the street."
The man was booked into jail for allegedly stealing the vehicle and attempting to evade officers. The names of suspects aren’t usually printed in The Park Record until formal charges are filed.
Edmunds said the man could also face burglary charges.