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Man who hit police car has history of DUI arrests, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who police say has a history of DUI arrests was taken into custody early Friday after investigators say he smashed into a Unified police officer's patrol car.

Just before 2 a.m., officer Jordan Schmidt was about to finish his shift and was driving home when he saw a vehicle stopped on the side of southbound I-215 near 700 North, said Unified Police Lt. Steve Shreeve.

Schmidt pulled over to see if the driver needed assistance and turned on his flashing red and blue emergency lights, Shreeve said.

Just as Schmidt was about to get out of his car, he looked in his side mirror and saw a pickup truck in his lane was about to hit him. The truck smashed into the driver's side of the police vehicle, causing extensive damage to the door and front end, and kept driving, Shreeve said.

Schmidt was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a shoulder injury and later released.

The fleeing truck got onto I-15, but his truck broke down about a mile later, Shreeve said. The driver tried to get out and run but was arrested a short time later by Unified police officers.

The arresting officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver's breath, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. He also failed field sobriety tests, the report stated.

Terril James Reeves was arrested for investigation of DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and driving with no insurance and on revoked registration.

According to court records, Reeves pleaded guilty in 2010 in Salt Lake Justice Court to an ignition interlock violation in exchange for a charge of driving on a suspended license being dismissed.

In 2008, he pleaded guilty to DUI in Salt Lake Justice Court, according to court records. In 2007, Reeves was convicted in West Valley City Justice Court of failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

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