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Man arrested after attacking female driver at Layton intersection

Published February 4, 2014 3:47 pm

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A 29-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly attacking a female driver who was sitting in her car at a Layton intersection.

At about 8 a.m., the 18-year-old woman was waiting to make a left turn from Oak Hills Drive onto Northbound Highway 89, when she saw a man approaching her car on foot, according to Layton police Lt. Shawn Horton.

The victim attempted to lock the door, but was unable to do so before the man got into the front passenger side of her car.

The man then grabbed her by the throat and pushed her head against the driver's side window, according to Horton.

The woman told police that the man then calmed down and asked for a ride. The woman refused, exited her car and started to run away. The man got into the driver's seat and attempted to take the car, but the woman said it appeared he was not able to figure out the manual transmission.

The male then started to follow the victim.

A man who witnessed the incident gave the woman a ride to a nearby convenience store.

Davis County Sheriff's deputies who were in the area confronted the man as he was following the victim.

The suspect, a Clearfield resident, was not compliant, and had to be forced to the ground before he was taken into custody, Horton said.

The man was taken to the Layton Police Department, where he was checked by medical personnel for minor injuries. It appeared he may have been under the influence of drugs, but he refused to talk with investigators.

He was booked into the Davis County jail on suspicion of second-degree felony robbery, third-degree felony aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of interfering with arresting officers.

The woman was treated for minor injuries and united with family members.

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