Deputies dragged by driver during traffic stop

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Two Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies are grateful the roads were icy and slick overnight. The deputies had pulled over a car after noticing the driver was acting suspicious while at a Maverick near 2700 South and 700 East.

During the traffic stop, police say the driver gave them a false name, so they asked him to step out of the car. The driver identified as Kolton World refused and then stepped on the gas.

Lt. Don Hutson says both deputies had noticed the driver had kept the car in drive, so they were positioned on both sides of the car in a way they thought they could reach in and take the car out of gear if needed, but it didn't work.

"Both deputies were kind of partially in the car when the car took off down the road. They were kind of dragging their feet outside. Luckily it was a little bit icy on the road at the time," said Hutson.

Hutson said because the car was going faster than they could run, they both could have been seriously injured if it weren't for their ability to slide on the ice and avoid the car's tires.

"Both of them are pretty accomplished snow boarders, and they felt like that helped them be able to keep their balance as they slid down the roadway once they were free from the vehicle," Hutson said.

A chase followed that led police through multiple jurisdictions. The suspect was able to avoid tire spikes five different times, and the chase was then called off for safety.

Later overnight, police found the suspect's vehicle outside a condemned duplex that the suspect had lived at previously. An initial search of the home didn't find the suspect, but police came back later and found him hiding in a bathtub. Police think he was hiding in the attic the first time they searched the home.

World was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple charges, including aggravated assault on two police officers and possession of heroin.

He also had roughly $30,000 in outstanding warrants before last night's arrest.


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