Road pursuit leads to assault, man is arrested

Road pursuit leads to assault, man is arrested

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A man is arrested following a roadside chase that ended with the assault of a 16-year-old driver and a 20-year-old passenger near Washington Terrace on Wednesday night.

The man has been identified as 22-year-old Anthony Downs.

According to court documents, a 16-year-old boy was driving east on Riverdale Road at 1900 W. when a group of vehicles left the Burger Bar and began traveling alongside him. As they approached a traffic light off I-15, the driver of a gray BMW following the teenager challenged him to a race.

The 16-year-old declined the offer and continued driving. The BMW driver, who was later identified as Downs, allegedly insisted they run.

As they passed the Ruby River, he called the teenager’s vehicle “slow” and the teenager again refused to run. The BMW driver began using profanity against the teenager and his 20-year-old passenger, who verbally retorted.

The three Burger Bar vehicles continued to follow the teenager, trying to box him in. The teenager told police that the chase forced him to jump several curbs to 464 W. and 4725 South on Washington Terrace, where he was allegedly blocked in a stranger’s backyard.

According to the teenager, six men got out of the vehicles and a man from the BMW approached the teenager, beating him and his passenger with a closed fist through the open window of the car. Police say the teen’s inner lip injury caused by a punch and his braces was consistent with his story.

During the altercation, the BMW driver broke the teen’s truck mirrors, which Downs later admitted.

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The teenager said he looked at his Snapchat stories, hoping to find the man through acquaintances in a street racing group. He found a video of the gray BMW doing a burnout and kept looking for the man tagged in the Facebook snapchat video.

He showed the profile to the police, identifying Downs as the man who had assaulted him. Police said Downs lived on Washington Terrace and had a history of street racing. Officer Ashton Olsen followed the lead and went to the Downs residence, where he hosted officers for a conversation about the incident.

Downs told officers he was traveling alongside the teenager, whom he didn’t know, on Riverdale Road. Downs said the teenager used profanity against him and said he would cause an accident with his truck. According to Downs, that’s when they “chased” the teenager to Washington Terrace, where they “exchanged words.”

Olsen said Downs suggested the confrontation may have turned physical through the window, but didn’t elaborate beyond saying his memory “wiped out”.

At this point in the conversation, Downs was led outside while the officers assessed the situation and read his Miranda notice. Downs confirmed his story under Miranda, except that instead of admitting to having caught up with the teen’s vehicle, he admitted to getting angry and punching the mirrors of the teen’s truck.

Downs suffered injuries to the fingers of his right hand, which Olsen said was consistent with both parties’ stories.

According to the statement of probable cause, Downs was then arrested and is facing charges of child abuse with injury, assault, criminal harm, and reckless threat.

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Source : ksltv.com

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