*Longer Version, from Another Dashcam*
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper is on paid leave resulting from an incident after a car chase in August.
Police say on August 28th 2010, Darla Jo Wright was driving her car erratically and evaded troopers after they attempted to pull her over.
UHP troopers were able to stop the chase by performing a “pit maneuver” that caused Wright’s silver 2000 Pontiac to lose contro More..l.
Three troopers approached the car to arrest Wright.
One of the UHP troopers can be seen in the UHP dash cam video throwing punches into the car. Police reports identify this trooper as Sgt. Andrew Davenport.
In his police report Davenport stated:
"I used my window punch to break the front window but the window tint stopped the glass from falling out of the frame. I pushed the window in and observed that the suspect was still gripping the wheel with both hands and trying to push our vehicles out of the way. She refused to comply with commands to give us her hands. Due to my close proximity to the suspect and my experience with Taser failure at such close distances I delivered three close hand strikes to her head in an attempt to gain compliance with our commands. I did this to distract and stun her and to stop her from trying to drive off and strike our vehicles or possibly run us over. The strikes worked and we were able to grab her hands. At this time I observed that Trooper Whitehead has deployed his Taser as sometime during the contact."
Davenport is currently on paid administrative leave as UHP continues an internal investigation into the matter.
Utah Highway Patrol Spokesman Brian Hyer said UHP could not comment on this specific case but stated an investigation is ongoing, "“We do have the ability and responsibility to hold people accountable for their actions in any case where there may be issues that are serious and we take that responsibility very seriously.”
The suspect, Darla Jo Wright was charged with Felony Evading and Driving Under the Influence among other charges. She was booked into the Weber County Jail after her arrest
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