Police capture, identify suspect who ran over, dragged, WVC officer Thursday morning


UPDATE (10/22/2020) – Police have arrested the man they believe is the suspect who ran over, dragged a West Valley City officer early Thursday morning.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony James Pearson.

Pearson has been booked on multiple charges including aggravated assault on an officer, fleeing and possession of drugs and a stolen vehicle, according to police.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A West Valley City officer is recovering from injuries after police say he was run over, dragged, by a man found passed out inside a stolen truck early Thursday morning.

According to Sgt. Josh Browne, West Valley City Police Department, the incident started in the parking lot of a church located near 6710 West 4100 South just after 3 a.m. after someone called in a suspicious vehicle.

When officers arrived they found a man inside the car, passed out, with drug paraphernalia and a handgun holster and magazine next to him.

When officers attempted to wake the man up, he became erratic and put the truck into gear, hitting the officer and running over him, and dragging him when he fell to the ground. The suspect also hit the police car that had been placed in front of him, causing serious damage, Browne said.

The officer who was dragged sustained lacerations to his head, as well as injuries to his shoulder, hip, and leg. The officer was transported to the hospital where he received further treatment and was released.

Later Thursday morning, a resident in the area of 6200 West King Valley Road reported an
abandoned vehicle that matched the description of the Gray Ram pickup truck. Officers responded and the driver fled the area. The suspect abandoned the truck in a field in the area of 7300 West Copper Hills Drive and fled on foot to a family member’s home nearby.

Police surrounded the house and a short time later, the suspect peacefully surrendered.

The suspect is currently being questioned. He is anticipated to be booked on charges including aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of fleeing. His name has not yet been released.

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