Springville man accused of making threats, evading police

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SPRINGVILLE -- Police arrested a Springville man who allegedly threatened people in a parking lot then fled from police.

Officers responded to reports of a man threatening others in the parking lot at 309 N. Main Street around 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

Officers say the suspect, identified as 64-year-old Gary Harney of Springville, refused to cooperate with officers when they tried to arrest him. They say he tried to punch an officer in the face and run over another with his car.

Then he drove out of the parking lot. Police chased Harney down Springville's Main Street at speeds of 50 miles per hour. They eventually laid down tire spikes to stop him in Mapleton.

Once stopped, the suspect again became combative and told officers he was going to kill them with a knife. He also shouted to the officers to kill him.

Police tried to subdue him with pepper spray but ended up using a Taser to take him into custody.

Harney was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center as a precaution. He had a few scrapes and scratches but was not believed to be seriously hurt.

Charges against him are pending.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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