WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A man is in jail after a highway chase that ended with the assault of a 16-year-old driver and a 20-year-old passenger near Washington Terrace Wednesday night.
The man was identified as 22-year-old Anthony Downs.
According to court documents, a 16-year-old boy was driving eastbound on Riverdale Road at 1900 W. when a group of vehicles exited the Burger Bar and began traveling alongside him. As they approached a stoplight near I-15, the driver of a gray BMW, which was following the teen, challenged him to a race.
The 16-year-old turned down the offer and continued driving. The driver of the BMW, who was later identified as Downs, allegedly insisted that they compete.
When they passed through Ruby River, he said the teen’s vehicle was “slow” and the teen again refused to run. The driver of the BMW began using profanity towards the teenager and his 20-year-old female passenger, who responded verbally.
The three Burger Bar vehicles followed the teen and attempted to lock him up. The teen told police the pursuit forced him to jump several sidewalks to 464 W. and 4725 South in Washington Terrace, where he was allegedly blocked. a stranger’s yard
According to the teen, six men got out of the vehicles and a man from the BMW approached the teen and assaulted him and his passenger with a closed fist through the open window of the car. Police say the teen’s inner lip wound caused by a punch and his braces match his story.
During the altercation, the BMW driver smashed the mirrors on the teen’s truck, which Downs later admitted.
The teen said he checked his Snapchat stories, hoping to find the man through acquaintances in a street racing group. He found video of the gray BMW burning and continued to search for the man tagged in the Snapchat video on Facebook.
He showed the profile to police, identifying Downs as the man who had hit him. Police said Downs lived on Washington Terrace and had a history of street racing. Officer Ashton Olsen followed up on the tip and went to the Downs residence, where he welcomed officers to discuss the incident.
Downs told officers he was riding with the teen, whom he did not know, on Riverdale Road. Downs said the teen used profanity toward him and said he would cause an accident with his truck. According to Downs, that’s when they “chased” the teenager to Washington Terrace, where they “exchanged words.”
Olsen said that Downs suggested that the confrontation may have become physical through the window, but would not elaborate other than to say that his memory was “erased.”
At this point in the conversation, Downs was led outside while the officers assessed the situation and read his Miranda warning. Downs confirmed his story with Miranda, except instead of admitting that he hit the teen’s vehicle, he admitted that she got angry and hit the mirrors of the teen’s truck.
Downs had injuries to the knuckles on his right hand, which Olsen said was consistent with the stories from both sides.
According to the probable cause statement, Downs was placed under arrest and faces charges of child abuse with battery, assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
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