Man points BB gun at driver on Brown Canyon’s Road
Law enforcement officers arrested a 27-year-old man last week in Brown’s Canyon for pointing a BB gun at another motorist, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Derrick Batton, 27, reportedly of Salt Lake, was arrested and preliminarily charged with aggravated assault, obstructing justice, attempted damage to a confinement facility, attempted escape from a confinement facility, littering and a seatbelt violation. Aggravated assault, which is the most serious charge, is a third-degree felony punishable upon conviction by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
"Aggravated assault is when someone uses a dangerous weapon to produce death or serious injury and in this case it was a BB gun," said Summit County Sheriff’s Detective Kacey Bates.
At around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, dispatch received a report from an unidentified driver that a man had allegedly pointed what resembled a handgun at the motorist somewhere along Brown’s Canyon Road. Nearly a dozen deputies and Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to the area, according to Bates.
The suspect’s car was found traveling along Brown’s Canyon Road and stopped near State Road 248. Law enforcement officers drew their weapons and did not approach the vehicle, Bates said.
"Due to the nature of the incident, deputies took precautions based on the information that they were receiving from the communications center," Bates said. "Their weapons were drawn at this point because there was a weapon involved and the deputies believed it was appropriate."
A woman, identified as the driver, was released at the scene and not charged.
While officers attempted to place Batton under arrest, he struggled and was "fighting the officers," Bates said, adding that he "wasn’t doing anything we asked of him."
"He was trying to get out of the vehicle," Bates said. "He physically resisted officers while they were trying to secure him in the vehicle. Then he attempted to break the door open by kicking it, but was unsuccessful. And this was all after he was notified that he was under arrest."
In October, deputies responded to a similar report when an argument led to one man’s back window being shot out while he was driving along State Road 32. The suspect had shot out his window with a BB gun.
The suspect initially fled after the incident but was later located and taken into custody. The incident stemmed from a personal issue between the two men, who were acquaintances.
A head-on collision Thursday morning on Brown’s Canyon Road killed the driver of one vehicle and left another driver with critical injuries.