A man's serial run-ins with police throughout the Salt Lake area Saturday culminated in his arrest after he allegedly stole a police cruiser and led multiple agencies on a chase that crossed most of the valley.
The 34-year-old Florida native, who police say was living in Utah while working on a construction crew, was kicked out of a hotel in Cottonwood Heights on Saturday morning, according to Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Mark Askerlund.
From there, the man went to Salt Lake City International Airport at about 11 a.m. Barbara Gann, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, said the man had a ticket for a scheduled flight and asked for a police escort to his gate. While airport police escorted him, he told the officers he wasn't feeling well because he had taken methamphetamine the night before and needed to go to a hospital, Gann said.