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Clearfield man tried to run over woman before hitting parole agent, charges say

A Clearfield man has been charged with trying to run over a woman with his truck before hitting and injuring an Adult Probation and Parole agent trying to arrest him.

A Clearfield man has been charged with trying to run over a woman with his truck before hitting and injuring an Adult Probation and Parole agent trying to arrest him. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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OGDEN — A Clearfield man is in jail, accused of trying to run over a woman with his truck in Roy before hitting and injuring a parole agent with his car.

Christopher Anthony Nelson, 30, was charged Monday with attempted aggravated murder and attempted murder, first-degree felonies; and failing to stop or respond at the command of law enforcement, a third-degree felony.

On March 9, Adult Probation and Parole agents were told a parole fugitive was in the area of 5600 South and 3100 West in Roy. Several parole agents drove to the location and found a man, believed to be Nelson, inside a pickup truck in the driveway of a home, according to charging documents. A woman whom Nelson knew was standing in the driveway near the driver's side door talking to him.

Parole agents pulled their car in front of the truck with the red and blue lights flashing, and three agents exited the car in uniform, which included vests that say "Police" on the front, charging documents say.

As the agents approached, Nelson put the pickup in reverse and backed up before "putting the truck in drive and driving directly at (the woman)," the charges state. The woman was able to get out of the way and the truck missed.

The agents ran back to their car when the truck went in reverse, and two of the three were able to get back inside through the driver's side and rear passenger doors. The third agent, however, was trying to get into the car when Nelson allegedly started driving forward.

Nelson "looked directly at (the agent) and sharply jerked his steering wheel into the AP&P car," charging documents say. The agent was between the car frame and the car door when Nelson allegedly struck the car with his pickup.

The agent's hand, wrist and forearm were crushed during the crash. The agent was taken to the hospital and will "have to undergo surgery to correct the injuries he sustained," the court documents state.

Nelson allegedly fled the area after the crash, and was later found in Carbon County by the Utah Highway Patrol. Troopers said they had to stop Nelson's car by using a PIT maneuver, which is when a car purposely hits the back end of another car to turn it around and disable it. When Nelson was taken into custody, he told police that he knew he hit the parole agent in Roy and asked if the agent had died, according to the charges, and later said that "he had intended to kill (the woman)."

Investigators later found text messages Nelson sent the woman, and several messages indicated he wished to kill her, charging documents allege. Nelson is also accused of sending messages saying, "I'm ready to give my life are u," and "U did this and I'm going to enjoy watching u beg for ur pathetic life ..."

After his arrest, Nelson was transferred to the Box Elder County Jail to be held in connection with an alleged parole violation. He remained in their custody as of Wednesday.

Weber County prosecutors are requesting that Nelson be held in jail without bail. In a motion for pretrial detention, a prosecutor alleged that Nelson told police he was aiming his car to hit the woman before hitting the parole agent.

"He has expressed extreme animosity towards (the woman) and AP&P, blaming them for his current incarceration," the prosecutor wrote.

The motion mentions that Nelson is also facing a stalking charge in Salt Lake County.

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Jacob Scholl joined as a reporter in 2021. He covers northern Utah communities, federal courts and technology.


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