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Provo man faces 8 charges following birthday police chase

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Jul. 7, 2020 at 1:22 p.m.

OREM — A Provo man faces a number of criminal charges after police say he tried to drive off with officers still partially inside his vehicle.

On Friday, which was Christopher Jimenez Colunga’s 32nd birthday, an intoxicated Colunga followed another man to his Springville home and into his driveway “apparently looking for a fight,” according to charging documents.

Police were called and they found Colunga inside his car, which was still running, and it had several beer cans inside, the charges state.

Fearing Colunga was going to drive off, an officer opened his door and grabbed his arm while a second officer also reached inside the vehicle to help.

Colunga “put the vehicle in reverse and drove away with both officers partially in the vehicle, hitting one officer in the shin and one in the head,” according to the charges.

He then allegedly hit another car as he drove away. Police chased Colunga for a short time before calling off their pursuit due to safety concerns.

Orem police later spotted Colunga and began pursuing him, the charges state. They attempted to spike his tires on Orem Boulevard and were finally able to arrest him after blocking the street.

Colunga was charged Tuesday in 4th District Court with two counts of assault on a police officer, a second-degree felony; three counts of failing to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, a third-degree felony; failing to stop at the command of an officer, a class A misdemeanor; DUI and interfering with an arrest, both class B misdemeanors.

Pat Reavy

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