SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A man was arrested at Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday after he was determined too intoxicated to fly and was escorted out by airport staff, according to a probable cause statement.
According to court reports, the suspect refused to leave the airport and was arrested for trespassing and public intoxication, police documents state. The documents go on to say that while being transported to jail, the suspect became “belligerent and destructive.”
Arrest records state the suspect slipped his handcuffs to the front and was going through a bag when officers stopped the vehicle to resolve any immediate safety concerns. When officers opened the door, the suspect tried to run away and began fighting with officers, police reports state.
He assaulted officers by hitting, kicking, trying to break fingers, and placing one officer in a chokehold, according to officials. Officers resolved the safety issue, got the suspect back in the vehicle, and finished transporting him to jail.
While officers were waiting for assistance, the suspect started to kick the door and window of the police vehicle, causing damage to the body and window, the probable cause statement says.