CRIME

Unified Police Department vehicle hit during traffic stop

Aug 29, 2022, 11:30 AM | Updated: 3:37 pm
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FILE --- A Unified police car is parked a precinct on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Unified Police Department vehicle was hit during a traffic stop on Monday. The officer was pulling over a motorcyclist who was reportedly driving 100 mph in a school zone. 

The accident took place on near 4600 S. and 1300 E in Millcreek.


 

UPD public information officer Melody Cutler said the suspect stopped in the median initially, but then fled, clipping the officer’s vehicle.

As a result, the bike fell over and the suspect then fled on foot. Police were able to catch and arrest the suspect a few blocks from where the UPD vehicle was hit.

The suspect has been identified as James Joshua Crabtree. 

Police said that Crabtree was found in possession of meth after he were arrested. He faces charges of possession, reckless driving, failure to stop and fleeing. 

Police said they are looking at enhanced charges because the speeding and the crash occurred in a school zone.

This story will be updated.

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