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A Layton man was being held without bail in the Davis County Jail on Thursday after he allegedly threatened hospital employees, vowed to get into a shootout with police and then crashed his car into a planter box outside the emergency room.
Layton police Lt. Shawn Horton said the 39-year-old man walked into the Davis Hospital and Medical Center ER about 7 p.m. Tuesday to demand medication. He became agitated when hospital staff tried to ask questions in order to admit him; he made his threats and then walked out, police said.
Hospital security officers arrived in time to witness the suspect crash his car into the planter and then attempt to drive away. That was when a Davis County sheriff's deputy, parked inside his cruiser outside the hospital, gave chase.
The suspect stopped moments later near Antelope Drive. He exited his car as other deputies arrived and took him into custody without further incident. No firearm was found.
He was booked into jail in suspicion of third-degree felony counts of making threat of terrorism and evading law officers, as well was misdemeanor counts of hit and run, reckless driving and disorderly conduct.