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Fugitive arrested after hitting EMT, ramming 3 patrol cars, police say

Unified police arrested a man Tuesday after a wild chase in Millcreek.

Unified police arrested a man Tuesday after a wild chase in Millcreek. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)



MILLCREEK — An Adult Probation and Parole fugitive was arrested Monday after police say he hit an emergency medical technician with his car, rammed three Unified police patrol vehicles that were occupied, then punched an officer.

The incident started about 1:30 p.m. when two people were found passed out in a car that was still in drive near 1700 East and Murray Holladay Road.

While an EMT from Unified Fire Authority was checking on the driver, 47-year-old Jason Paul Freeze, a Unified police officer pulled up to the scene with his emergency lights on. After Freeze saw the police vehicle, he put his car into reverse with the door still open and hit the EMT who was helping him and forced another paramedic to jump out of the way, according to a police affidavit.

Three Unified police vehicles then chased after Freeze.

"During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle made multiple U-turns and was driving in a reckless manner," according to the affidavit.

Police say Freeze then rammed one of the Unified patrol cars, put his vehicle in reverse and hit a second occupied patrol car.

"After he rammed the second patrol vehicle he pulled forward and rammed the front driver side of my patrol vehicle while I was inside the vehicle," the third officer wrote in the affidavit.

Freeze continued driving on Highland Drive and through several residential streets before going into an apartment complex that came to a dead end with fencing.

"The suspect vehicle drove through the fence completely damaging it. We continued the pursuit and ended up at 495 E. 4500 South where the vehicle finally stopped due to equipment failure," according to the affidavit.

Freeze got out of his car and ran and attempted to jump another nearby fence when an officer grabbed him and tried to pull him down, the affidavit says.

"As he was being pulled off of the fence Jason's elbow swung back and hit another officer in the throat, that officer later went to the hospital for treatment," according to the affidavit.

Freeze was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of three counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault, threatening violence against a police officer, two counts of failing to stop for police, two counts of criminal mischief, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and having someone else's plates on his vehicle.

He also has a lengthy criminal history dating back to at least 1996, according to court records.

"Jason had multiple warrants out for his arrest including him being an AP&P fugitive," according to the affidavit.

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