Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 6, 2014
Man jailed for assaulting girlfriend

A West Valley City man is in jail after allegedly threatening his pregnant girlfriend with a knife while driving near Grantsville Sunday.

Ken Yazzie, 30, and his 28-year-old girlfriend, were driving back from Wendover Sunday afternoon when they began to argue, according to a probable cause statement.

Yazzie, who had allegedly drunk “large amounts of vodka,” became upset and started to grab the steering wheel of the truck and threaten to crash it. His girlfriend, who was driving and had not been drinking, pushed him away, according to the statement.

Yazzie next grabbed a fillet knife and allegedly started poking his girlfriend on several parts of her body while she was driving, and stuck the knife in a post on the body of the truck directly behind the woman’s head, the statement further says.

The woman exited the freeway at the eastern Grantsville exit, stopped at the park and ride lot near the on- and off-ramps and left the truck.

Yazzie began to drive the truck towards Grantsville, but pulled over when  he saw police coming in his direction, according to the statement. Grantsville City Police Department officers detained Yazzie while deputies from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office assisted the woman. There was no indication in available police documents that she was injured. Troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol ultimately conducted the investigation and arrested Yazzie.

On Monday, charges were filed in 3rd District Court against Yazzie for aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; reckless endangerment, a class B misdemeanor; and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to make his appearance on Monday. 

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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