Orem Police: Payson man jailed after ramming ex’s car during 7-mile chase

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OREM, Utah, April 9, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A Payson man is facing two felony charges and nine misdemeanors, after police say he repeatedly rammed the back of a woman’s vehicle for a distance of seven miles.

The 30-year-old suspect, whose name we are withholding to protect the victim’s privacy, faces initial charges of:

  • Harassment, a second degree crime
  • Aggravated assault, a third degree felony
  • Six counts of criminal mischief – human life, a Class A misdemeanor
  • Interfering with the arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor
  • Reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor
  • Unlawful detection, a class B misdemeanor
  • Not staying in a lane, an offense
  • Six counts of following another vehicle too closely, an offense
  • Obstruction of traffic, an offense
  • Incorrect passing of vehicle, same direction, an infraction
  • Stopping or suddenly decreasing speed, an offense

An Orem Police Department officer filed a probable cause statement in the case.

“I responded to an ongoing traffic violation report, in which a black Toyota Tacoma was actively pursuing, attempting to cut and block, and repeatedly colliding with the rear of a Toyota Corolla,” the statement read.

“The driver of the pursued Corolla called 911 and reported that she was being chased by her ex-boyfriend…. The victim in the Corolla was frantically trying to get away from (the man) as he chased her, and when approached by officers later, the victim was crying in emotional distress from the incident.

“The total distance that (the suspect) followed the victim was approximately seven miles. The incident began when (the suspect) appeared at the victim’s workplace,” the statement read. “She was attempting to quit work at the time because she had received threats from (the suspect) stating that he would damage her car.

“As the victim attempted to leave her workplace in her car, (the suspect) appeared in a black Toyota Tacoma and attempted to block her car and prevent her from leaving the parking lot. The victim was able to escape in his vehicle by reversing and using another exit.

The victim then entered traffic around 1600 N. Geneva Road, in Orem, heading south.

Picture: Google Maps

The suspect “continued to follow the victim, attempted to cross the path of her vehicle, positioned her vehicle in front of hers while she was driving, blocked her vehicle while slowing down and swerved into several lanes of traffic in order to to prevent the victim from passing in front of him.

After approximately eight blocks, the victim attempted to pass the suspect, and “at a time when he had significantly slowed his vehicle in front of her. At this time, (the suspect) accelerated the black Toyota Tacoma and struck the rear of the victim’s vehicle three times.

After passing 800 N. Geneva Road, the suspect “slammed into the rear of the victim’s vehicle again, this time pushing his vehicle south to 400 N. Geneva Road. The victim had been pressing the brake pedal the entire time.

The suspect then rammed the woman’s vehicle again, according to the probable cause statement.

“Witnesses following (the suspect) and the victim reported that he (he) continued to follow the victim, cut her off, swerved in front of her and attempted to brake quickly in front of her as they continued to Provo.”

At Center Street and Geneva Road, Provo, an unrelated accident slowed traffic and Provo police at the scene arrested the suspect.

“When officers attempted to make an arrest, (the suspect) refused to open the door, and when officers opened the vehicle door, (he) attempted to physically resist by reaching out his arm and pulling it shooting when officers caught him. (He) had to be removed from the vehicle by multiple officers and continued to try to prevent officers from placing him in
handcuffs.”

The victim told officers that the suspect’s behavior was consistent with an escalating pattern of behavior over a period of several months. The officer’s statement indicates that the suspect has been arrested for multiple alleged crimes against the same victim over the past six months. Five incidents involved domestic violence and one charge was for auto theft.

The man was taken to Utah County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Utah County Jail. Photo: Google Streets

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