Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 21, 2014
Tooele man charged for aggravated assault

Michael Steven Neely

Michael Steven Neely

A Tooele man has been charged for allegedly threatening another man with a knife and then running from police.

According to a probable cause statement, Michael Neely, 22, was having an argument with another man, during which he went inside of the house and asked his mother where a gun was so he could kill him.

Instead of getting the gun, Neely went back outside with a long-bladed knife, which he allegedly held to the man’s throat, according to the probable cause statement.

The man’s wife grabbed Neely’s arm and took the knife out of his hand, according to the statement. Neely punched the man in the face and broke a phone that was being used to call 911, according to the statement, then drove away from the home in a red Dodge Neon.

While officers from the Tooele City Police Department responded to that domestic assault report, a deputy from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office spotted a red Dodge Neon that matched the description, according to the statement. When the deputy put on his lights and siren, the Neon went faster, driving from 400 North to Broadway Street, according to the statement.

The chase made its way through Tooele to 1000 North, where the Neon turned north onto Main Street and crashed into a car in the southbound lane, according to the statement. The driver of the Neon got out of the car and ran through the parking lot of Performance Auto, according to the statement, and the deputy and a bystander chased after him.

The driver was caught by another officer from the Tooele City Police Department near All-Star Bowling Lanes, according to the statement, and identified as Neely. Neely was transported to Mountain West Medical Center and evaluated, according to the statement, and when questioned by the deputy said he did not remember anything of the evening’s events.

Neely was charged Monday with failure to stop at the command of police, a third-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, a class A misdemeanor; and damager or interruption of a communication device, a class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in 3rd District Court 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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