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Surrender ends 12-hour standoff

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — A man wanted for trying to run his girlfriend over surrendered early Monday morning after an almost 12-hour stand-off with police.

The 33-year-old man remained in the Salt Lake County Jail Monday morning after voluntarily emerging from an apartment at 12:20 a.m., South Salt Lake police spokesman Darin Sweeten said

Police responded to a domestic dispute Sunday about 7 a.m. in which a boyfriend tried to run his girlfriend over with a car, Sweeten said. The woman was taken to St. Mark's Hospital for minor injuries and released.

When police arrived at the apartment, near 2100 South and 55 West, the man had left, Sweeten said.

About 1 p.m. police were told the man was spotted breaking into a car, then trying to get into the apartment, kicking the door to get inside, Sweeten said.

As officers arrived on scene, the man walked outside, then ran back in and barricaded himself, Sweeten said.

Police negotiators talked with the man, who apparently was recently released from jail after 14 years and was afraid of spending more time behind bars, Sweeten said.

Police believe he was coming down from a drug high and was sick, so they decided to let the man take his time to surrender, Sweeten said.

The apartment's phone line was arranged in which the only calls in and out would be between police and the man, Sweeten said.

The man walked out the front door unarmed shortly before the SWAT Team was preparing to force him out of the house with gas, Sweeten said.