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Police dog takes down wanted man who ran across I-15

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Feb. 13, 2020 at 1:41 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a Salt Lake man with a long criminal history after he allegedly tried to flee from officers by running across I-15 because he didn’t want to go back to prison.

Graciano Sanchez, 36, was wanted on several felony warrants, according to a police affidavit. Officers spotted him Wednesday afternoon in a car with another person near 500 N. Oakley St. (1300 West) and attempted to pull him over.

“(Sanchez) drove recklessly, disregarding traffic laws and was actively attempting to evade,” the affidavit states.

When Sanchez reached the 600 North on-ramp to southbound I-15, he stopped his car, got out, jumped over the guardrail and ran across I-15, according to the affidavit. The other man in the car was quickly apprehended.

A police K-9 found Sanchez hiding under a bush on the other side of the freeway. Sanchez kicked the dog several times in the face while the K-9 took Sanchez down by biting him, the report states. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of two counts of failing to stop for police and interfering with a police service animal.

Sanchez told investigators he ran “because he believed he would be sent back to prison due to his active felony warrants,” the affidavit states.

Sanchez was convicted of fleeing from police and drug possession in 2018 and a warrant was issued for his arrest in November for failing to comply with the terms of his probation, according to court records. He pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated assault that same year in a separate case, and had a warrant out for his arrest for violating the conditions of his probation.

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