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Man taken down after reportedly driving up state Capitol steps

Published October 22, 2013 8:51 pm

SLC • Layton resident was apprehended and may face charges.
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A Layton man was apprehended after driving a truck up to the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol.

At 1:39 p.m., the 36-year-old man drove a pick-up truck up the west steps of the Capitol, which Utah Highway Patrol troopers saw on camera monitors, according to UHP Capt. Barton Blair.

The unarmed man exited the truck, entered the building and tried to get into the historic Supreme Court room, Blair said. The man was pulling on the metal doors and kicking them, Blair said. There were indications the man was on drugs, the captain added.

Troopers tried to use a stun gun on the man, but it proved ineffective because of his loose clothing, so they forced him to the ground. An officer suffered an injury to his hand while taking down the man, who could possibly face charges such as criminal mischief, assault on officer and impairment, Blair said.

The man's last known city of residence is Layton, according to the UHP.

The captain said it's important to maintain public access to the building, but that it was fair to question added security to the capitol, which did not have barriers in front of the 36 steps leading up to the west side doors.

The capitol's Supreme Court room is no longer used, since the high court relocated to the Matheson Court House downtown.

It was "definitely one of the more interesting days" at the building, Blair said.

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