ST. GEORGE – One man kept law enforcement busy early Tuesday morning as officers responded to four separate incidents where the 34-year-old man was reportedly involved. The ordeal came to a head when the man’s disruptive behavior allegedly caused a car to go off a 12-foot embankment and crash.
At 1:39 a.m., officers responded to a St. George residence where a man had been ringing a doorbell, waking up the residents and yelling at them to call police, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest. The man then fled the scene.
Twenty minutes later, at 1:59 a.m., police responded to a similar incident where they were able to talk to the man, identified as Davison Begay, who told officers he had been at the other residence.
Begay told police that “he was being chased by a male identified as ‘Reaper’ who had shot at him in the parking lot of the Washington Walmart,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement.
Washington City Police officers responded to the Washington Wal-Mart and found no evidence that there had been any shots fired. Begay was then released from police questioning.
But, at 2:49 a.m., police were dispatched to another report of a man pounding on the door of a St. George residence where he was yelling to call police and threatening to “kick in the door,” the report stated. Again, the man fled the scene.
“I observed a male fleeing in the distance and it appeared to be Davison (Begay),” the officer wrote in the report.
At 3:39 a.m., officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash at Red Rock Ridge student housing apartment complex located at 344 S. 1990 East in St. George.
The male driver of the vehicle told police he had been sitting in his car in the parking lot when a man came up to his window and began to pound on it and incoherently yell at him, according to the statement.
The driver attempted to flee in his vehicle as the man chased after him while throwing rocks at his vehicle, the report stated. In the driver’s attempt to flee from the man, he drove off an embankment and damaged his car.
“Davison just comes up yelling at the guy sitting in his car minding his own business,” St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said. “Obviously, in fear for ‘what’s going on with this guy?’ he ends up driving his car from the upper parking lot off a 12-foot rock wall. He ends up crashing it down in the parking lot below.”
Officers ended up catching up with Begay as he was running across Riverside Drive near the Maverik gas station on 2078 East, Holmes said. Begay told police that he had been the man involved in all of the instances. He also admitted to doing methamphetamine earlier in the day.
After being taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for medical clearance, Begay was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with third-degree felony criminal mischief, class A misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon for having a folding knife and razor knife during the incidents while being under the influence of a controlled substance, class B misdemeanor assault and an infraction for disorderly conduct.
Judge Jeffrey Wilcox, of the 5th District Court, ordered $8,000 bail for Begay’s release pending trial during his initial court appearance Tuesday. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Monday afternoon.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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