Man attempts carjacking after vehicle fire, police say

Man attempts carjacking after vehicle fire, police say

(Courtesy of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Saturday after driving recklessly and attempting to carjack another vehicle, police said.

Witnesses observed Joe Dixon, 42, crashing into trees and garbage cans while driving on lawns near the University of Utah at about 7:40 p.m., according to the Salt Lake City Police Department said. Dixon narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian while driving at a high rate of speed, reports state.

When Dixon's vehicle eventually caught on fire near South Temple and 700 East, he ran to an occupied vehicle at 100 South and 700 East and attempted to get in, police said.

"The occupants of the vehicle pushed the suspect from the vehicle and kept him from getting in," a statement from police reads. "Witnesses assisted and detained the suspect until police arrived and took him into custody."

Dixon was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, carjacking, use or possession of a drug, failure to remain at the scene of an accident and reckless driving, according to a probable cause statement. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.


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