Man arrested after found choking woman, leading police on a chase before crashing

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Police arrest a man after a domestic assault turned into a police chase where the suspect crashed into three cars, including a patrol vehicle.

Arresting documents state the incident started with a call to police on a domestic disturbance after a man walked in on 23-year-old Niko Martinez strangling his sister.

The documents state police were told the suspect placed the victim in a choke hold, causing difficulty breathing. He then forcibly ripped car keys from the victim and took off in a vehicle.

While police were still speaking with the victim, Martinez called her and told her that if he goes out, so will her and her brother.

The Victims 12-year-old daughter was also in the house at the time of the assault and heard the entire incident.

Officers located the suspect and attempted a traffic stop on his vehicle but he fled. The victim told officers Martinez said he was “smoking a bowl” while he was driving. The suspect ran a red light and crashed near 3500 South 2700 West into two vehicles. 

Another officer attempted to box Martinez in but he rammed the police vehicle in an attempt to get away. One officer suffered minor injuries and the others involved were not injured. 

Martinez was taken to the hospital for an evaluation before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple felony charges.

In a search of the suspect’s vehicle, officers found 72.5g of Marijuana, 2.9g of methamphetamine, two glass pipes used to smoke drugs out off as well as packaging materials.

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