Police: Suspect uses stolen car to ram police car, begins multi-agency chase
Nov 24, 2022, 8:08 PM | Updated: Nov 25, 2022, 5:39 am
(Utah Department of Transportation)
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A woman is in police custody after allegedly ramming a police car with a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police.
Victoria Diane Nunez, 32, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail early Thursday morning for felony charges of receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, assault on a police officer with a dangerous weapon, failing to stop at the command of police and a misdemeanor charge of possessing burglary tools, according to the affidavit.
At approximately 12:08 a.m., Taylorsville police noticed a stolen car parked at a 7-Eleven at 1519 W. 5400 South, with Nunez pumping gas into the vehicle.
The officers made an arrest plan to pin the stolen car and attempt to arrest Nunez, said Sgt. Jacob Palmer with the Taylorsville Police.
Officers arrived with marked patrol cars and flashing lights and positioned themselves around Nunez as she was outside the stolen car.
Police say that Nunez jumped into the stolen car and locked the doors. An officer got out of their car to approach Nunez but got back in to move their car closer to block her in.
“(That’s) when (Nunez) intentionally drove forward, ramming into the officer’s vehicle with him inside it, causing damage to the police vehicle and posing a significant risk of death or serious injury to the officer,” according to the affidavit.
Palmer said that Nunez drove away from the scene, leading Taylorsville police on a chase. However, they lost her in West Jordan.
West Jordan police found the stolen car, pursued it, and also lost track of the vehicle.
Sandy police were able to locate the stolen car and pursued it into Midvale, where Unified police took over the chase, according to Palmer.
UPD was able to spike the stolen car, and Nunez eventually pulled over near 7800 S. 2800 West. She was placed into custody without further incident.
According to the affidavit, police found two “shaved keys that are used to start vehicles.”
In a post-Miranda interview, Nunez admitted she got the car from a friend and knew it was stolen, which is why she fled. She also admitted to using the shaved keys to start vehicles.