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Police: Man purposely rams into ex-girlfriend's car, crashes into TRAX station

A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after police say he purposely crashed into his ex-girlfriend's car and caused $50,000 worth of damage to a TRAX station.

A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after police say he purposely crashed into his ex-girlfriend's car and caused $50,000 worth of damage to a TRAX station. (Bransin Anderson)



SALT LAKE CITY —A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after police say he purposely crashed into his ex-girlfriend's car and caused $50,000 worth of damage to a TRAX station.

Nicolas Orion Powell, 21, was driving west on 400 South in Salt Lake City when he rammed into a car being driven by his ex-girlfriend about 2 p.m., according to a police booking affidavit.

Powell hit the woman's car "with enough force from behind that all airbags — driver side, front and passenger side — were deployed," police said. Her car spun until it faced the opposite direction of travel.

Powell then lost control of his own car, causing it to jump the curb and hit one person sitting at the Utah Transit Authority station at 600 East, the affidavit states.

Both Powell and his ex-girlfriend were taken to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries was not released.

The person at the TRAX station who was hit declined medical treatment, police said.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash, police said. The crash also caused an estimated $50,000 in damages to the train station.

Powell later told investigators he hit the woman's car because she had his wallet, according to the affidavit.

The ex-girlfriend said she had received threatening text messages from Powell and that he had threatened to burn her house down, police said.

Powell was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail or investigation of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal mischief, one count for a threat of violence, and several charges related to traffic violations.

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online: udvc.org.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting:

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