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Man in tree trimming truck arrested for ramming deputy, police say

SPRINGVILLE — A man with a history of dangerous driving and fleeing from police has been arrested after authorities say he tried to murder a police officer.

Jesse Gardner Anderson, 37, of Springville, was arrested Sunday and booked into the Utah County Jail for attempted aggravated murder on a police officer, criminal mischief-recklessly causing damage, failing to respond to an officer's commands, failing to stop at an officer's commands resulting in injury, felony DUI, failing to remain at the scene of an accident with injury, driving on a revoked license, and driving without an interlock ignition.

On Sunday, just before 8:30 a.m., a Utah County Sheriff's deputy spotted a commercial tree trimming truck run two stop signs in the area of 400 North and 400 East in Springville, according to the sheriff's office. The truck belonged to Chester's Tree Service. Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said Anderson works for the company and was legally in possession of the vehicle, but just about everything else he did after that wasn't legal.

Anderson refused to pull over for the deputy, who was now pursuing him with his emergency lights flashing and siren on, according to the sheriff's office.

"When the truck reached the area of 1050 E. Center Street in Springville, the driver stopped in the middle of the road. The driver of the truck backed his truck at high speed toward the deputy in his patrol car," according to a prepared statement from the sheriff's office.

The patrol car was pushed more than 60 feet. The police vehicle sustained heavy damage on the front passenger side and was likely totaled, Cannon said. The deputy suffered whiplash-type injuries and was treated at a local hospital and released for minor injuries, he said.

Residents who saw what happened told investigators that Anderson typically drove that truck, according to the sheriff's office. After checking driving records, investigators confirmed Anderson was the driver.

Sheriff's deputies — along with members of the Utah Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety helicopter, Mapleton police and Springville police — went to a duplex where Anderson was believed to be hiding and took him into custody without further incident about 10:30 a.m.

Anderson has a history of fleeing from police. On Nov. 4, 2013, he got into two separate police pursuits with two agencies, according to court records. In Wasatch County, he was charged and later found guilty of failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer, and DUI. While in Utah County he was convicted of failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer.

In 2012 Anderson was convicted of misdemeanor assault in one case and disorderly conduct in another, according to court records. He also has two prior DUI conviction, according to court records.