Man arrested for aggravated assault, intoxication after road rage

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A road rage incident prompted one driver to crash into a vehicle Tuesday morning. 

The collision occurred before 8 a.m. in the area of 800 S West Temple Street, Gephardt Daily reported. 

Salt Lake City Police officers said 40-year-old Thomas McGovern pulled up in front of a passenger vehicle, blocking the person’s view. When the driver of that car, a woman, attempted to leave, McGovern stopped the victim again by putting the car in park and crashed her car. 

According to a preliminary investigation, McGovern made “inappropriate sexual gestures” and blocked the woman with his vehicle again before he intentionally hit her car again for the second time before fleeing the scene. 

The unidentified woman was unharmed. 

Police later located McGovern and smelled alcohol on his breath. He is held at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail without bail. He was “booked on suspicion of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, Failure to remain at the scene of an accident, damage only, a class B misdemeanor, and Intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.” 

If you were the victim of a road-raging incident that resulted in a crash, our Utah car accident lawyers are ready to learn more about the details of your collision to determine the next appropriate steps. Submit a contact form or call the office of Swenson & Shelley PLLC at  (435) 265-4523 for a free, no-risk case evaluation. 

Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.