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Man in stolen vehicle crashes, flees until bystanders hold him down for the police

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Man in stolen vehicle crashes, flees until bystanders hold him down for the police (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

Police were assisted by bystanders in apprehending an alleged car thief in North Salt Lake.

Thirty-year-old Billy Taufa Takai was observed driving in a stolen vehicle Thursday evening, an affidavit of probable cause stated.

That PC statement said Takai failed to yield to officers and sped away. While fleeing, he collided with another vehicle occupied by a driver who was injured in that crash.

The stolen car was disabled in the collision but Takai is alleged to have exited that vehicle and attempted to take another vehicle nearby by using force to remove the driver. The driver tried pulling Takai out of his vehicle as he drove away, the affidavit stated.

However, Takai attempted to sideswipe a light pole to hit the owner of the vehicle and stop him from thwarting his efforts to flee from the police.

Officers located Takai fighting with several bystanders who were trying to hold him for police, the affidavit stated.

Officers had to use physical force to get Takai to comply with orders. After being read his rights, Takai told officers he was fleeing because he believed the vehicle he was driving was stolen.

A search for arrest resulted in officers finding a glass pipe with burnt residue on Takai. He as booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on three felony counts and three misdemeanor counts ranging from theft by receiving stolen property to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Individuals are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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