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Charges: Man rammed ex's car to get wallet back, caused $50K damage to TRAX

A Salt Lake man faces three felony charges after police say he intentionally rammed his vehicle into the back of his ex-girlfriend's car, injuring her, then jumped a curve and caused $50,000 in damages to a TRAX platform.

A Salt Lake man faces three felony charges after police say he intentionally rammed his vehicle into the back of his ex-girlfriend's car, injuring her, then jumped a curve and caused $50,000 in damages to a TRAX platform. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man was charged Thursday with purposely ramming into the back of his ex-girlfriend's car and ended up crashing into a TRAX platform — all to retrieve his wallet.

Nicolas Orion Powell, 21, is charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of criminal mischief, a second-degree felony and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

On July 25, on 400 South near 600 East, Powell intentionally rear-ended the car ahead of him that was being driven by his ex-girlfriend, according to charging documents. The ex-girlfriend's car was totaled and she was transported to a local hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries.

The impact from the collision caused Powell to lose control of his vehicle, which then jumped a curb and smashed into a TRAX platform, causing an estimated $50,000 in damages, the charges state. Police originally said Powell's vehicle also hit someone waiting at the TRAX station, but that person was not seriously injured.

When questioned by police, Powell "admitted to officers that he had intentionally rear-ended (his ex's) vehicle in an effort to retrieve his wallet from her," according to the charges.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition's confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465); or online, at udvc.org.

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