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Carjacking, chase end in crash; driver arrested

By Pat Reavy  |  Posted Mar 17th, 2016 @ 7:09pm


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RIVERTON — A man was arrested Thursday after crashing into at least three vehicles and carjacking another vehicle while trying to get away Thursday, despite his attempt to escape capture by running into a tanning salon, police said.

The incident began about 1:45 p.m. A van that witnesses said had been running through red lights along 12600 South crashed into at least three other vehicles at 3200 West, said Unified police detective Ken Hansen. The impact from the collision disabled the van.

The man got out of the van, grabbed the driver of a pickup truck and carjacked his vehicle, Hansen said.

He then continued to a strip mall at 1724 W. 12600 South, where he got out of the car and ran into a tanning salon, according to the detective.

Officers who were already in the area were notified of the man running into the tanning business, and police responded to both the front and back doors. The man asked employees if he could use the restroom. But when he attempted to run out the back door, there was an off-duty officer waiting who arrested him, Hansen said.

Rudy Shane Christopher, 55, of Magna, was arrested. Hansen said detectives were looking at the possibility that Christopher may have been under the influence of drugs during the incident. Christopher also has a history of mental health difficulties, Hansen said.

One person who Christopher allegedly crashed into was taken to a hospital for minor injuries, Hansen said. Christopher didn't threaten the tanning salon employees, he added.

A search of Utah court records Thursday indicated Christopher has no criminal history in the state.

Contributing: Ben Lockhart

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