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Details released after chase that injured 1 officer, hit 3 police cruisers before ending in Salt Lake City

Officers from Unified PD and Salt Lake City Police following a winding chase that began in Millcreek and ended at SLC late Saturday night. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 30, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A man faces nine felony charges after police say he responded to a traffic stop by pressing his foot on the gas pedal, forcing the driver to leave her seat, and the start of a winding police chase that left one officer injured and three police cars damaged.

The lawsuit, which reportedly began 300 East and 3900 South, Millcreekfinished at 133 Mead Ave. (about 1000 south), Salt Lake City, with suspect Zachary L. Ommundson attempting to flee on foot, but being taken into custody, according to his probable cause statement.

The initial traffic stop was made for an inoperable taillight, says a statement filed by an officer with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

“The vehicle was occupied by a female driver, the subject in the center front seat, and a passenger in the front passenger seat,” the report said. “Your depositor has asked the driver to turn off the vehicle and has collected identifying information. A records check has been performed
on the three individuals and the subject was found to have multiple statewide warrants.

Unified PD and Salt Lake City Police officers following a chase that began at 300 East 3900 South in Millcreek and ended on Mead Ave. in Salt Lake City. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

The male suspect on the passenger side was asked to step out and he did. Ommundson, 37, who was seated in the center, was ordered out next.

“Subject turned on the vehicle, put the vehicle into gear, and pushed his foot on the accelerator,” the statement read. “A UPD officer ordered the subject to stop and attempted to remove the subject from the vehicle, but was struck by the vehicle, causing a lower leg injury.

“The driver was abducted by the subject and later stated that she was forced out of the driver’s seat by the subject and held against her will.”

The chase began.

“Your filer had turned on his emergency lights and sirens and the subject did not stop,” the statement continued. “During the chase, the subject struck your affiant’s vehicle and continued to flee. Subject drove into oncoming traffic, through a barrier and eventually lost control at 980 S. 160 West. Subject overturned vehicle in SLCPD officerfrom the vehicle, then attempted to flee again, but was cornered and taken into custody.

Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

A police search revealed contraband.

“There was a tomahawk in the driver’s seat and the subject was a restricted person. Subject was discovered to have a positive methamphetamine field test on him. »

Ommundson faces initial charges of:

  • Aggravated kidnapping, a first degree felony
  • Aggravated theft, takes usable vehicle, first degree felony
  • Three counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer/Military with Weapon or Force, a Second Degree Felony
  • Failure to respond to officer’s stop signal, with death/injury, a third degree felony
  • Failure to stop when ordered by police, a third degree felony
  • Possession of a Schedule ll/lll/analogue controlled substance, a third degree felony
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third degree felony
  • Driving with a denied license, a class C misdemeanor
  • Driving on the left side of the road when prohibited, an offense

Because Ommundson’s actions demonstrated he was a flight risk, a judge granted the officer’s request that the suspect be held in the Salt Lake County Jail without bond.

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