Police investigating a traffic accident ended up arresting a California fugitive, allegedly stoned behind the wheel of a car that had collided with a tour bus in downtown Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City police Detective Cody Lougy said the arrest of the 29-year-old suspect came about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday at 161 W. 600 South — and it was not an easy apprehension.
Officers first found the driver passed out behind the wheel, and when they awoke him and ordered him out of the vehicle, he fought with them and attempted to re-start the car and drive away.
Officers used a Taser to shock the suspect into submission.
No one on the bus was hurt.
Lougy said officers soon learned that the suspect was wanted out of San Jose, Calif., on warrants alleging auto theft and arson.
The suspect was booked into Salt Lake County Jail without bail on suspicion of hit and run, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, providing false information and on the California warrants.
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