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Old Town car chase leads to litany of charges against man

A Park City Police Department sport utility vehicle was damaged during a short chase in Old Town early on Sunday, the police say. The police arrested a 21-year-old Summit County man on charges ranging in seriousness from a second-degree felony to a class C misdemeanor. Courtesy of Park City Police Department

The Park City Police Department in the early morning hours on Sunday arrested a suspect after a short car chase in Old Town, saying that officers needed to use force to get him out of the vehicle.

The man is 21 years old and from Summit County, the police said. According to a Police Department statement, 911 calls were placed to dispatchers at a little after 2 a.m. reporting that someone suspected of drunken driving was leaving Main Street driving a white Audi sedan. The police said witnesses reported watching the Audi hit a taxi on the 400 block of Main Street and then leave the scene.

A police officer saw the suspect turning north from Main Street onto Park Avenue one minute later and followed the vehicle, reaching it at the intersection of Park Avenue and 9th Street. The officer turned on the emergency lights and siren to pull the driver over. The suspect’s vehicle did not stop. The Police Department said the suspect appeared to start to pull over before the vehicle "bounced off the curb and kept going," the statement said.

The suspect’s vehicle hit a police vehicle that was attempting to pull the driver over on the 1300 block of Park Avenue, the police said. Police vehicles forced the suspect to the side of the road on the 1400 block of Park Avenue, according to the police.

The driver resisted arrest, requiring officers to forcibly remove him, the police said.

The Police Department booked the suspect into the Summit County Jail on 11 charges ranging in seriousness from a second-degree felony to a class C misdemeanor. A second-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine upon conviction while a class C misdemeanor is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a $750 fine.

The charges, according to the police, are:

  • assault on a police officer with a dangerous weapon, a second-degree felony. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the charge stemmed from the suspect’s vehicle hitting the police vehicle. Kirk said the suspect "intentionally crashed" into an officer who was attempting to stop him.
  • failure to stop at the command of a police officer or fleeing, which is a third-degree felony
  • possession of cocaine, a third-degree felony
  • possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony
  • possession of the drug GHB
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class B misdemeanor
  • improper labeling of prescription drugs, a class B misdemeanor
  • two counts of hit and run, class B misdemeanors
  • resisting arrest, a class B misdemeanor
  • no proof of insurance, a class C misdemeanor

    Nobody was injured during the chase or the arrest, the police said.

    The man was booked into the jail on Sunday. A bail bond company posted $40,555 bail for his release later that day, according to the jail.