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Teen Subdued by Police After Running into School

Teen Subdued by Police After Running into School

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingSome families who came to register their kids for school at Union Middle School in Sandy saw more than just classrooms today. A girl who was not a student at the school ran in trying to get away from police and had to be subdued.

A mom and her 16-year-old daughter were driving near the school when they got in an argument. Police say the mom pulled over to ask a man for help and the daughter reached into her mom's purse and grabbed some pepper spray. She sprayed her mom in the face, got sprayed back, and then took off.

Police showed up and tried to talk to the girl, and that's when she ran into Union Middle School. An officer followed and tried to grab her, but she fought back pretty hard. Police say she was kicking, punching, scratching and biting. You can still see the scuff marks on the floor where the two were struggling.

Meanwhile, families were nearby trying to register their kids for school. One father jumped in to help the officer.

Rob Watkins, Helped Police: "She was trying to get his gun. She was giving him a pretty good battle, so I just asked him if he needed help and jumped on and tried to, you know, subdue her."

Soon other officers showed up and they shocked the girl with a stun gun, which we're told feels like a strong pinch. She was eventually taken into custody, but she still tried to bite police.

Because she was sprayed with pepper spray, she was taken to Alta View Hospital before she was transported to juvenile detention. She faces numerous charges related to the incident.

One officer was bitten badly enough he had to be treated at the hospital. He's going to be okay.

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