SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man is behind bars after police said he attempted to ram into one of their officer’s car then engaged in a high-speed pursuit with an unrestrained 1-year-old in his car.
According to arresting documents, police attempted to pull over Luis Alejandro Alfaro-Manguia, 18, for not using his turn signal.
Documents state after police activated their lights, Alfaro-Manguia hit a fallen tree in the road then accelerated backwards towards the officer. The officer was able to reverse his vehicle in order to avoid being struck.
Officers initiated a pursuit as Alfaro-Manguia fled from officers at a high rate of speed. The suspect continued to flee at a high rate of speed for approximately seven minutes but eventually pulled over.
Officers discovered inside the vehicle was Alfaro-Manguia’s girlfriend and a 1-year-old child that was not restrained, placing the child in an extreme amount of danger, the documents state.
Alfaro-Manguia told officers he ran because he had marijuana, but officers did not locate any inside the car.
Alfaro-Manguia was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple charges including third-degree felony assault on a police officer and failing to stop at the command of an officer. He was additionally charged with misdemeanor child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving on a denied license, reckless driving and failure to signal.
Documents also state Alfaro-Manguia’s family members contacted police and said he is paranoid and has fled from the police multiple times, even though they tell him not to.
Police believe if Alfaro-Manguia is released and does not appear in court, he will most likely continue to flee when police attempt to apprehend him.
A background check shows Alfaro-Manguia was convicted of drug possession in February 2019.