Driver arrested after ‘deliberately’ crashing into police cars during suspected DUI pursuit, deputies say

Jan 1, 2024, 7:18 AM | Updated: 1:34 pm

(Weber County Sheriff's Office)...

(Weber County Sheriff's Office)

(Weber County Sheriff's Office)

RIVERDALE — One man was taken into custody after he deliberately collided with two police vehicles during a pursuit that reached speeds near 100 mph through parts of Weber County, authorities said.

Sgt. Terance Lavely with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a reported DUI incident in the lower Uintah area on New Year’s Eve. The blue BMW in question was later located near Riverdale Road and 1900 West in Roy.

According to a probable cause statement, a woman who was in the car with Edelman told police Edelman had multiple drinks at a party before they left to go to another party. Deputies initiated a traffic stop, but the BMW fled the scene and evaded authorities.

Lavely said the pursuit extended through Roy and Riverdale, with multiple agencies assisting in the effort.

“At one point, the BMW entered a cul-de-sac, and officers tried to block the road,” officers wrote in a probable cause statement. “Despite efforts, the BMW collided with a marked and occupied law enforcement vehicle, causing damage to its front right side.”

The BMW continued to evade officers, who said the pursuit reached speeds near 100 mph. The pursuit then ended near 500 W. Riverdale Road when the BMW rammed a second police vehicle.

Deputies said officers at one point shot at the vehicle. Officers and the suspect suffered minor injuries in the incident, but authorities did not say if those injuries occurred during the pursuit, vehicle collisions or shooting. Everyone has since been cleared medically, according to deputies.

The Weber County Attorney’s Office Critical Incident Team is investigating the incident.

The driver, identified as Carter Edelman, was then arrested and booked into the Weber County Jail on multiple charges, including aggravated assault, DUI and failing to stop at the command of a police officer. In a probable cause statement, police noticed “a strong odor of alcohol emanating from (Edelman)’s breath, and he exhibited difficulty maintaining balance.”

Police said multiple witnesses also reported seeing Edelman consume alcoholic beverages.

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Driver arrested after ‘deliberately’ crashing into police cars during suspected DUI pursuit, deputies say