Trooper Hit By Man On Dirt Bike At Utah State Capitol Building

May 22, 2021, 10:43 PM | Updated: Apr 14, 2023, 3:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper suffered several injuries to his body after he was hit by a dirt bike just steps from the Capitol building in Salt Lake City.

The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

“As they exited these doors here, they heard the sound of a dirt bike immediately and they looked to their left and they saw just that — somebody on a dirt bike on the Capitol grounds,” said Lt. Nick Bricker with UHP.

Bricker said two troopers rushed over to stop the driver, but he “refused to stop.”

Troopers said the driver, 20-year-old Jamin Dustin Jenkins, fled a traffic stop near 1300 South and State Street only 15 minutes prior.

“Male in a dirt bike, headed northbound on State Street,” troopers said in an audio recording obtained from Broadcastify. “I’m not pursuing.”

Once again, Jenkins refused to stop, but this time, Bricker said “they kind of got stuck on a wheel chair accessible ramp with the motorcycle.”

“The trooper jumped over the wall to head him off and get him to stop,” he said.

Instead, troopers said Jenkins revved his engine.

“He verbally says no and then accelerates towards the trooper,” said Bricker.

The trooper moved to get out of the way.

“As best as he can as the motorcycle is accelerating towards him and is unable to get his right leg out of the way here, and the motorcycle runs right over his right foot and up the bottom part of his right leg,” said Bricker.

The wounded trooper still managed to stop Jenkins.

“And he tries to grab the driver, who hits this side of the wall,” said Bricker.

The trooper — a two-year veteran — was rushed to the hospital.

“There’s a trooper there hit by a motorcycle,” troopers said on the recording.

He suffered several injuries to his arms, legs and right foot, but no broken bones.

“You hope your guys are safe and they can get home to their families,” said Bricker.

The trooper has an appointment on Monday to see a foot specialist.

As for the suspect, Jenkins has a criminal record, including drunk driving.

Police suspect he was drunk during the incident. He faces felony charges, including an aggravated assault charge, for injuring the trooper.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Water levels are pictured in the Great Salt Lake on July 20. A group's new initiative seeks to buil...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

‘Our state is up to the task’: New initiative seeks to solve Great Salt Lake’s woes

A group of researchers and other prominent figures are seeking the help of thousands to solve the Great Salt Lake's woes once and for all, as the lake's water levels remain well below the healthy mark even after a welcomed bump from Utah's record snowpack earlier this year.

13 minutes ago

People register for Qualtrics X4: The Experience Management Summit at the Salt Palace Convention Ce...


Qualtrics announces cuts to reduce workforce by around 15%

Utah-based tech company Qualtrics announced on Wednesday it is cutting around 780 jobs from its workforce as it restructures. 

4 hours ago

(KSL TV)...

Josh Ellis

SLC police searching for suspects who escaped motel room after hourslong SWAT standoff

Police say no arrests were made following an eight-hour search and standoff after two suspects cut a hole in a motel room ceiling and escaped the building.

5 hours ago

Garfield says he believes the automaker should replace the failed EV battery under its warranty. Th...

Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt helps Lehi man to get help from electric carmaker’s warranty after battery fails

Federal law says carmakers must warranty EV batteries for at least eight years or a hundred thousand miles. Whichever comes first.

12 hours ago

Boy sits in a tree...

Debbie Worthen

A year later, heartbroken parents say pedestrian deaths must stop

One Utah couple knows firsthand the impact of distracted driving.

12 hours ago

Toddlers dance during play time at Living Water Child Care and Learning Center as center director J...

Associated Press

Child care programs just lost thousands of federal dollars. Families, providers scramble to cope

After two years of receiving federal subsidies, 220,000 child care programs across the country were cut off from funding Saturday Utah

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

rodeo contestant on a saddle bronc...


Get Ready for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo!

The Days of '47 Rodeo is a series of events everyone in the family can enjoy, with world-class rodeo contestants vying for the gold medal.

Electric LED Lightbulb Change In Light At Home...

Lighting Design

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Lighting

This guide explores indicators that suggest it’s time for a lighting upgrade with tips to make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. 

Trooper Hit By Man On Dirt Bike At Utah State Capitol Building