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Man caused 6-car crash after waving knife at I-15 motorists, police say

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Vehicles travel on I-15 in northern Utah County. The Utah Department of Transportation on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, announced the completion of the I-15 Technology Corridor project, which expanded the freeway from four to six lanes in both directions between Lehi Main Street and state Route 92. It marked the final phase in reconstructing I-15 in northern Utah County over the past decade, increasing capacity on the roadway from Bangerter Highway to Spanish Fork.

Vehicles travel on I-15 in northern Utah County in this Oct. 30, 2020 photo. A man was booked into the Utah County Jail Monday after police say he caused a six-car crash on I-15 near Lehi last week when he waved a knife at passing motorists.

Utah Department of Transportation

A man was booked into jail Monday after police say he waved a knife at vehicles traveling on the freeway in Utah County, causing a multi-vehicle crash.

On March 31, about 11:15 a.m., police were dispatched to I-15 in Lehi on a report of an armed man who “was waving the knife at vehicles and caused a six-car accident with injuries,” according to a police affidavit.

The man ran north on the freeway and got off on the frontage road. When confronted by officers, he told them to shoot him, the affidavit states.

“I will throw the knife at you,” he allegedly told the officers.

As the man continued to run from officers, he “ran toward the vehicles on the frontage road that were occupied by civilians. Traffic was forced to stop on the frontage road due to Edwin’s behavior. A K-9 officer was traveling south on the frontage road and deployed his dog. Edwin was now on the street in traffic when the dog bit and latched onto Edwin’s right arm,” according to the affidavit.

Once the knife was out of the man’s hands, he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Edwin Cordova, 29, who is homeless, was moved into the Utah County Jail on Monday for investigation of assault against police, two counts of criminal mischief, four counts of disorderly conducting, failing to stop at the command of police, interfering with an arrest, failing to disclose his identity and being a pedestrian blocking freeway traffic.