A Taylorsville man is charged with running into a Utah Highway Patrol lieutenant with a truck while driving drunk.
The man was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault, failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, driving under the influence and disobeying traffic control personnel.
On Aug. 29, he pulled up to the intersection of 7200 S. State Street, which was under construction, and drove into a dug-out area. UHP Lt. Robert Anderson, who had been directing traffic, went up to the passenger side of the man’s large black truck and found he had slow and slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the charges.
The man refused to get out of the truck and drove off, but the passenger-side mirror and door struck Anderson, who felt his shoulder pull out of joint as he was dragged 10 to 15 feet, the charges state. Anderson struck the mirror with his flashlight, which freed him and dropped him to the ground.
The man later returned to the intersection, where he was arrested. He apologized for drinking and told police that he’d drank “maybe 12 beers,” according to the charges. His blood-alcohol later tested at 0.23.