PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
September 13, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SLCPD Investigating Aggravated Assault Against Officer, 1 Suspect Arrested
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault against one of its officers after a 54-year-old man suddenly reversed his car into the officer’s patrol car while on duty.
This investigation started at 9:51 p.m. on Monday September 13, 2022, when a SLCPD officer travelling eastbound on 400 South near 200 West had a car unexpectedly stop in the middle of the road in front of the officer’s patrol car.
After waiting a short period of time, to see if any pedestrians had crossed the road, or to see if the driver would continue, the officer honked to alert the driver to the green light.
Without any warning, the driver, later identified as Jeffrey Doan, put his car in reverse, accelerated and hit the officer’s patrol car, causing damage.
Doan then drove a few feet forward before quickly jumping out of the car.
It is unclear of Doan’s motives, including whether he was trying to ambush the officer.
The officer also quickly exited the patrol car and ordered Doan to stop.
The officer requested additional patrol officers to respond to help take Doan into custody safely without further incident.
The crash did not injure the officer. The officer’s patrol car was towed from the scene.
Officers booked Doan into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Use or Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia and Having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Vehicle.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to assist with the clean up from the crash and to check on Doan before officers transported him to jail.
A photo from the scene is being released.
A SLCPD PIO provided media updates on Monday night.
Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.