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Police ID man who allegedly drove truck up Capitol steps

By Pat Reavy and Andrew Wittenberg | Posted - Oct 22nd, 2013 @ 10:38pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who drove his pickup truck up the steps of the state Capitol building was arrested Tuesday.

About 1:30 p.m., Gerald Green, 36, drove up the steps on the west side of the Capitol, stopped next to the doors and went in.

Green walked through the Hall of Governors, looked in a few doors and eventually made his way to the third floor, where he began banging on the locked doors of the Utah Supreme Court.

Green reportedly said, "This is my house. I demand to be in my house."

Police said Green disobeyed the commands of the Department of Public Safety telling him to surrender.

"The suspect was noncompliant," Utah Highway Patrol Capt. Barton Blair said. "A Taser was deployed. He was wearing loose-fitting clothing, which made that Taser ineffective, and our troopers ended up going hands on, as we say, with the individual and taking him into custody."

When Green came toward the troopers and attempted to strike them, a UHP lieutenant had to punch Green in the face to get him into custody, Blair said.

Green, whose most recent address was in Layton, was unarmed at the time of the altercation. He remained in an area hospital overnight and charges are pending, UHP reported late Tuesday.

A search of court records showed Green has no criminal history in Utah.


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