ST. GEORGE — A man who ran from police after kicking down a St. George resident’s door Friday is facing a felony charge after kicking out the window of a patrol car he was being detained in.
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on the 2000 West block of 1700 North in St. George where neighbors in the area told police a man had kicked in the door of a residence, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
Police walked toward the man, later identified as 30-year-old Darrick Tully Dannielson, and told him to stop. Dannielson, however, had other plans and ran into the residence and slammed the door shut.
Another officer walked to the backyard of the residence and noticed Dannielson was trying to leave out the back door, according to the statement. The officer ordered Dannielson to the ground.
Dannielson spat on police as they were handcuffing him, and he was placed in the back of a patrol car while officers investigated the scene.
“While in my patrol car,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement, “Darrick began to kick out the back passenger window with his feet.”
Dannielson was placed in another patrol car and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with a third-degree felony for jail damage, along with two class A misdemeanors for failing to stop at command of law enforcement and propelling a bodily substance at an officer.
St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said Tuesday it is unclear why Dannielson kicked down the door of the residence and confirmed the residence was not Dannielson’s.
Dannielson made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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