Truck driver sentenced for nearly running cars off the road in December
A semi-truck driver from California who in December forced several cars off the road during a police pursuit in the Snyderville Basin will not serve any additional jail time.
Dustin Charles Cullom, 41, of Chico, California, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, both third-degree felonies, in Summit County’s 3rd District Court in January. Two charges, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Judge Patrick Corum imposed a sentence of zero to five years at the Utah State Prison and a $5,000 fine on each count, but suspended the sentences and fines. Cullom was placed on supervised probation for 36 months and ordered to complete standard terms and conditions.
Cullom was ordered to serve 24 days in jail, but he was given credit for 24 days already served.
The charges stem from a Dec. 15 incident when Cullom erratically drove his semi-truck through the Snyderville Basin, leading Summit County Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit. The truck was pulling a mixed-load trailer.
Prosecutors said dispatch received five separate calls that afternoon about a semi-truck forcing vehicles off the road on Interstate 80. The truck apparently exited the interstate at Kimball Junction and continued driving toward Park City on S.R. 224.
Cullom sped up and ran through four stop signs when a deputy tried to pull him over on Old Ranch Road, court documents state. The deputy initiated a pursuit, following the semi-truck through residential neighborhoods along Highland Drive and Bitner Road.
Documents alleged Cullom swerved at a deputy in an attempt to hit him, forcing the officer’s vehicle off the road. Cullom eventually pulled over and exited the truck around Summit Park, lying on the ground in surrender. He told the authorities he was supposed to be delivering his cargo to the East Coast. No injuries or accidents were reported as a result of the incident.
Cullom told authorities after he was arrested that “people told him if he stopped, they would kill him, his family and the officer,” according to court documents.
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