Utah man spends 66th birthday flipping off cop during 100 mph chase

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Dennis Butler mugshot. (Photo: Emery County Sheriff's Office)

EMERY COUNTY (KUTV) -- A Emery County man is facing serious felony charges after leading police on a chase with speeds up to 100 miles-per-hour after he nearly hit a deputy before flipping him off.

Here's how it all went down on suspect Dennis Butler's 66th birthday, according to a probable cause statement.

Two separate callers reported a silver car being driven by Butler on Muddy Road near Moore, Utah had tried to hit three different trucks on the road.

All three trucks had to swerve off the road to avoid being hit, witnesses say.

Witnesses also say after Butler ran them off the road, stole a sigh belonging to Castle Valley Outdoors.

"They also said at one point that the man took his pants down and bent over showing his bare buttocks to them (commonly referred to as mooning someone)," the probable cause statement reads.

While an Emery County Sheriff's deputy was talking with the witnesses, Butler's car began speeding toward the officer's car at 58 miles-per-hour.

The deputy says the car was not slowing down so he activated his lights before moving his cruiser off the roadway to avoid being hit.

"The driver sped past me holding up a middle finger on one hand toward me (commonly known as flipping someone off)," the officer says in the probable cause statement.

The officer then activated his siren began to chase Butler's silver car with his lights still flashing.

The officer was unable to get the exact speed of the chase as Butler headed toward the town of Moore, but estimates his speed near 100 miles-per-hour.

The officer then witnessed Butler pull his car into a Moore residence and parked near a shed before getting out of his car and running into the shed.

"After several minutes of talking to the driver I was able to peacefully place him under arrest and put him in my patrol car," the deputy says in the probable cause statement. "During the conversation with the driver when he was in the shed he told me he did not care who I was and what I wanted and that's why he wouldn't stop for me. The man also acknowledged that he would have hit me head on if I had not moved."

Butler was the only person in the vehicle and he is facing the following charges:

  • Three counts of aggravated assault, all third-degree felonies
  • Failure to stop or respond at command of police, a third-degree felony
  • Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor
  • Theft, a class B misdemeanor
  • Assault against a peace officer/military with weapon or force, a second-degree felony