Police arrest driver they say tried to run over officers

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Authorities have released the name of the man who they say tried to run over officers during a chase Tuesday morning.

Police say the chase ended when Michael Patterson crashed a stolen truck in a ditch. In the truck, they found a semi-automatic handgun with three loaded clips.

Police arrest driver they say tried to run over officers

Officers also learned Patterson was also a wanted man/ He had two warrants out for his arrest, both for theft.

The chase began just before 11 a.m. in the area of 4700 South and 5075 West. A motor vehicle enforcement officer saw Patterson get into a stolen truck.

The chase lasted for 15 minutes, going through mostly industrial areas in the county and West Valley City. Authorities say when officers tried to spike the truck's tires, Patterson tried to run them down.

"He tried to run over and kill several people," says Kent Jorgensen, director of the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Officers arrested Patterson when he crashed his car near a canal at 1300 South and 4800 West. During the chase, he hit three motor vehicle enforcement cars, causing nearly $20,000 in damage.

Patterson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries; he has since been released and was taken to jail.

No one else was hurt in the chase.

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