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Man fighting in street gets hit by UHP trooper

Man fighting in street gets hit by UHP trooper

By Geoff Liesik | Posted - Oct. 24, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.



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ROOSEVELT -- A dispute between a man and woman in Roosevelt stopped abruptly Saturday night when the man ended up in the path of an off-duty Utah Highway Patrol trooper's car.

The man and woman had left a party about 10:20 p.m. and were arguing along a dark stretch of State Street near 1200 South, said UHP trooper Amy Fallows. A second man tried to separate the pair and got into a struggle with the first man.

The struggle ended with the first man being "flung" into the southbound lane of State Street at the same time UHP trooper Matt Pratt drove past. The man was hit and landed on the hood of the Pratt's patrol car, leaving a handprint on the windshield, Fallows said.

Pratt, who was off-duty, had just turned south onto State Street from 1200 South and was only traveling an estimated 10 mph at the time of the crash, investigators said.

The man was treated at Uintah Basin Medical Center for minor injuries and was later released.

The crash and the apparent domestic dispute that preceded it are being investigated by the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Jared Harrison declined to name the man who was struck by Pratt's vehicle, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Fallows said the UHP has taken no administrative action against Pratt.

Geoff Liesik

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