Police: Man rams into 2 vehicles on Utah freeway

Police: Man rams into 2 vehicles on Utah freeway

(Mark Wetzel, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who allegedly became angry when he spotted his estranged wife with another man was arrested after police say he purposely rammed into her car and a second vehicle on the freeway.

On Saturday, Eduardo Miller Dantas Barbosa, 27, of Draper, who has been separated from his wife for several months, according to the Utah Highway Patrol, found his wife at a hotel with another man. As the wife and the other man drove away from the hotel, Barbosa followed.

On I-215 near 1300 East, Barbosa “got in front of his wife’s car and slammed on his brakes,” according to a Salt Lake County Jail booking affidavit. When the wife did not run into him, “he put his car in reverse and rammed his vehicle into her vehicle,” the affidavit states.

Troopers say Barbosa then rammed his wife’s car a second time. But this time, he also hit a car occupied by three teen girls, according to the affidavit. Both vehicles suffered “substantial” damage, but no one was seriously injured.

According to police, Barbosa drove away before troopers arrived, but he later returned to the scene and was arrested.

Barbosa was booked into jail for investigation of seven counts of aggravated assault, stalking, reckless driving and suddenly stopping in traffic.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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