Man arrested after fleeing, hitting several police cars in Millcreek
MILLCREEK, Utah – Police say a man was arrested Saturday night after he hijacked the vehicle he was in from the driver, fled from a traffic stop, hit several patrol cars and gave a false name.
Unified Police said an officer stopped a vehicle in Millcreek around 10:40 p.m. for a taillight that was not working. A woman was driving, with Alexander Ommundson, 32, and another male passenger also in the vehicle.
After checking the records of all three, the officer discovered that Ommundson had multiple statewide warrants for his arrest. He was sitting in the middle of the front seat, so the officer got the other passenger out and ordered Ommundson to do the same. But according to police, once the non-suspect passenger got out of the vehicle, Ommundson turned on the engine, pressed the accelerator pedal and forced the driver to switch seats with him. He held himself against his will as he ran from officers, the arrest report says.
Police say Ommundson punched an officer in the leg as he left, causing a minor injury. He then reportedly hit the pursuing officer’s patrol car during the chase, which ended up driving into the Salt Lake City limits.
According to court documents, the suspect drove into oncoming traffic and through a barrier before losing control of the vehicle near 980 south and 160 west. According to police, he then put the vehicle into reverse and struck the vehicle of a Salt Lake City police officer. He tried to flee again after that, police said, but was cornered and taken into custody.
Police said he first gave officers his brother’s name.
He was arrested for nine criminal offences, one misdemeanor and one traffic violation. Potential charges include aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, assault of an officer, failure to stop when ordered by police, possession of drugs and possession of illegal weapons. Police added that Ommundson had methamphetamine with him. There was also a tomahawk in the vehicle – a weapon he was not allowed to have as a “restricted person”.
A judge has ordered Ommundson detained without bail as he is considered a flight risk.