Man in custody after multiple carjackings, crashes

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Highway Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies responded to multiple crashes Friday morning caused by suspected carjackings.

The UHP said the situation started around 5 am at the Salt Lake City International Airport after a 20-year-old man became disorderly because of a canceled flight.

Though officers were called to the scene at the airport, the man left before they arrived and carjacked someone at the airport.

He crashed into two cars near 900 West 2100 South before trying to carjack a second car. The person the man attempted to carjack fought back, so the man gave up and continued driving in the car he had originally carjacked.

From there, the UHP said the man crashed into a building in South Salt Lake, successfully carjacked a second car, and got onto I-80.

And just before 6 am, the UHP began receiving reports of multiple crashes on I-80 in Parley’s Canyon.

Roden said the carjacker caused a suspected five different crashes. The crashes happened in both Salt Lake County and Summit County.

The 20-year-old man crashed in Summit County near 189 Junction and tried unsuccessfully to carjack a different car, but a Summit County Deputy arrested him before he could.

UHP, Salt Lake City Police Department Aiport Division, Summit County Sheriff’s Office and South Salt Lake Police all helped to investigate the incident.

The UHP said it is investigating impairment related to the I-80 crashes.

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