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Sarah Dallof reporting The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help finding a fugitive they say deliberately rammed an officer's car.
A metro gang unit officer recognized 28-year-old Lucas Troy Neilson and pulled him over. That's when Neilson allegedly rammed the officer's car, and then took off, leading officers on a high-speed chase and eventually losing them.
They later found the car near 3700 South and 700 East crashed into a chain link fence. Drugs were inside, but Neilson was gone.
Neilson was a wanted man before the chase. He hadn't been following the conditions of his parole, and investigators say he has violent tendencies.
"If he'll take that kind of action against a police officer, there's no telling what he'd do against average citizen he knows probably isn't armed. So, we would suggest if you see him, call us immediately," Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Jaroscak said.
The sheriff's office has filed felony charges against Neilson for his involvement in this crime. He has a criminal past in Salt Lake. He's been convicted of assault, theft, drug possession and forgery.
The good news is the officer whose car was hit is just fine.