Nephi woman sent to prison for assaulting Orem officer

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OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Nephi woman, originally facing charges of attempted murder of an Orem police officer, was sentenced last week to prison as part of a plea deal.

Samantha Bencomo, 27, pleaded guilty on August 26 to two-second degree felony counts of assault on a police officer. Each carrying a 1-15 year prison term.

Bencomo was sentenced to the 1-15 years at the Utah State Prison on October 7 by Judge Lynn Davis. How long Bencomo will actually spend in prison will be up to the Utah Board of Pardons.

According to charging documents, Bencomo of Nephi crashed her pickup truck on May 8, 2020, into a Jeep Wrangler at a car dealership on the 1100 block of North State Street in Orem.

The owner of the dealership told police Bencomo sped away and that he followed her in his car until she pulled into a gas station at 1091 North State St.

When Orem police arrived on the scene to investigate and question both parties, officers say the Bencomo drove away.

An Orem officer later spotted Bencomo’s truck heading west on 800 North and pulled his cruiser in front of the suspect’s truck at the intersection of 800 West. Charging documents say the officer exited his patrol car and ordered the suspect to stop.

But, police say Bencomo ignored the orders, reversed her truck, and tried to run down the officer. Police finally arrested the suspect a short time later when she crashed her truck at 980 West and 1600 North.

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