SALT LAKE CITY — Charges may be pending against a Layton man who allegedly drove his pick-up up the stairs of the Capitol on Tuesday.
Gerald Weston Green, 36, was taken to a Salt Lake area hospital for treatment of minor injuries and a mental health evaluation, following the incident that happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Green allegedly drove the pick-up up the west steps of the Capitol, stopped facing north and parked in an area used by utility and maintenance trucks, according to a Utah Highway Patrol press release. Troopers say he then entered the building and tried to get into the historic Supreme Court room on the third floor.
A UHP trooper and lieutenant confronted Green who allegedly refused to comply with commands. Officers tasered Green, but because he was wearing loose clothing the probes didn’t stick, the release said. Troopers then forced Green to the ground. In the confrontation the UHP lieutenant injured his hand.
Troopers then took Green into custody.
Green could face charges of criminal mischief, assault on an officer and impairment.
The Supreme Court room is no longer in use, since the court moved to the Matheson Courthouse.