Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 30, 2014
I-80 fender bender leads to kicked-in car door

A Herriman man who allegedly hit another vehicle on Interstate 80 and then kicked another driver’s car during a confrontation faces criminal charges.

According to a probable cause statement, on Oct. 14 a driver reported that his vehicle had been hit near Delle by a red pickup truck and drove off. The same truck later pulled into a gas station at Lake Point, where the driver got into a shouting match with another driver.

The other driver began yelling at the truck’s driver, who asked the car driver what he would do if he kicked in the door to his car, according to the statement. The driver of the car said it “wouldn’t be pretty.”

The driver said as he was about to get out of his car, the driver of the truck did a “flying kick,” according to the statement, and kicked in the car’s driver-side rear passenger door. The driver of the truck drove away, according to the statement, but the driver of the car jotted down the truck’s license plate number and called police.

Troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol in Salt Lake County were alerted to the description and license plate number of the truck, and the driver was stopped and arrested.

A trooper in Tooele County transported the driver, identified as John Jensen, 41, of Herriman, to the jail and asked him about both incidents, according to the statement. Jensen told the deputy he was responsible for both incidents but did not want to talk about them anymore, according to the statement.

Jensen was charged Oct. 22 with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; two counts of criminal mischief — intentional damage, defacement or destruction of property, a class A misdemeanor; and accident involving property damage, duties of operator, a class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in 3rd District Court on Tuesday. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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