Police: Driver ejected, in critical condition after car hit by man fleeing the police

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MIDVALE — A man who was ejected from his car is in critical condition after his vehicle was hit by a driver attempting to flee police on Wednesday, according to the Unified Police Department.

According to Sgt. Melody Cutler, an officer attempted a traffic stop on eastbound 72nd South and the driver of the vehicle, identified as Clayton Kelly, 26, made a U-turn and began to flee westbound. The officer didn't pursue, but another officer saw Kelly's car pass through a stoplight on 700 West on 7200 South and attempted to spike the vehicle's tires on Bingham Junction, Cutler said.

Kelly went into oncoming traffic to avoid the spikes, hitting another car driving in the opposite direction. Police said that the driver of the car that Kelly hit was ejected and is in critical condition. The driver was the only occupant of the car that was hit.

According to the police, Kelly and the two other occupants in his car were unconscious on officers' arrival, so the officers went to help the driver who had been thrown from the other car. Kelly then woke up and attempted to flee police again but was caught, said Cutler.

Police said that Kelly's passengers had warrants, while Kelly had a shotgun and drugs in the vehicle and has multiple felony warrants.

Culter said that a third car was also involved but no one in that car was injured.

Further information was not released, including the identities of the occupants and the injured driver of the other car.

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Ashley Fredde covers human services and and women's issues for KSL.com. She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She's a graduate of the University of Arizona.


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