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FBI arrests man accused of throwing son off motorcycle

By Shara Park | Posted - Aug. 24, 2012 at 8:21 a.m.


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TAYLORSVILLE — The FBI has arrested the man accused of throwing his son off the back of a motorcycle while fleeing from police.

Brian Eddis Johnson, 42, was found hiding at his mother's house in Taylorsville overnight. Both Johnson and his mother have been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Tuesday night, an officer spotted Johnson speeding near 6400 South and 1300 East. It appeared he was about to pull over, but he fled instead.

When Johnson finally stopped, he pushed his 13-year-old son off the back of the bike, causing the boy fall on his face. Johnson then sped away, clipping the officer.

Police were able to identify Johnson through his son. They found his bike hidden under a blanket at a house in Murray.

Then Thursday night the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force got a tip that Johnson was hiding out at his mother's apartment at 4354 South Sunnyriver Rd. in Taylorsville.

Sgt. Dave Broadhead of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department said, "Their officers responded there. They saw Mr. Johnson through the window and positively identified him."

The FBI made contact with Johnson and his mother but both refused to cooperate and Johnson barricaded himself in the house. Eventually FBI agents negotiated Johnson's surrender and made the arrest.

Charges he may face include aggravated assault on a police officer, felony fleeing, and felony child abuse. His mother was booked for harboring a fugitive.

There was also a $50,000 warrant out for his arrest. Police say he has a history of drug and theft charges.

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