Man rams police officer’s vehicle before crashing into parked car in Cottonwood Heights

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (News4Utah) – A man is in jail after ramming a police vehicle during a pursuit before crashing into a parked car in a Cottowood Heights neighborhood Saturday night. 

Sgt. Thomas Daugherty, Cottonwood Heights Police said they arrested Jesus Gonzalez 28,  and a passenger in his car, after a chase that started near 1495 E Fort Union Blvd just before midnight. 

An officer attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation but when the officer approached the driver of the car, he sped off. The officer engaged in a short pursuit until the man came up to an intersection, the chase was terminated. 

Officers in the area spotted Gonzalez driving east on Bengal Blvd and used a spike strip in an attempt to stop him. Gonzalez kept going and turned into a residential neighborhood on 2300 East where officers were able to box the man in.

The man then rammed into one of the officer’s car and managed to get out of being trapped in the corner. The officer was not injured during the incident. 

Daugherty said the man got back on the road before losing control of the car and hitting a vehicle parked in front of a home. 

Gonzalez got out of his car and attempted to run but was apprehended by officers a short time later. The passenger of the car stayed on scene. 

Gonzalez and his passenger were treated on scene by fire personnel before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. 

Gonzalez faces charges of failure to stop at an officers command, fleeing, aggravated assault, DUI, several counts of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and was also booked on several outstanding felony warrants. 

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