A Utah man threw burning chemicals at two neighbor children in a seemingly unprovoked attack and wiggled his way out of a moving police cruiser after getting arrested, police said.
Jason Summers, of Smithfield, was arrested Friday evening after strolling up to his young neighbors, aged 3 and 5, and hurling an unknown substance at the children, causing severe burns that required the younger child to be rushed to a burn center nearly 100 miles away in Salt Lake City, according to the Smithfield Herald Journal.
The unknown substance appeared to resemble crystallized drain clean cleaner. Summers, 32, had packed it into paper towels in order to fling it at the children, the Herald Journal reported.
The mother of the children reported the attack to police, who nabbed Summers as he tried to make a run for it, according to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City. After his arrest, he told police he had injured his foot, and while they were taking him to a local hospital, he tried to make his escape, according to the Herald Journal.
En route to the hospital, Summers told cops he felt sick and asked for a window to be rolled down. When the officers complied, he jammed his head and shoulders out the window, used his weight to force the window down farther, and shimmied his way out of the moving vehicle as it rolled through an intersection in nearby Logan. Police immediately captured him again.
The assault on the children has left police scratching their heads, and Summers has refused to communicate with authorities about why he attacked the children. At his first court hearing, a judge ordered him held without bail after prosecutors charged him with two second-degree counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious physical intentional injury, one felony count of escape from custody and one felony count of obstruction of justice, Fox 13 reported.
Summers has a history of erratic behavior and aggression, including one incident two years ago when he broke into a church and then fired a gun at a neighbor who caught him sneaking around, according to the Herald Journal. He pleaded guilty to firearms charges, served 180 days in jail and had his probation end in January.
[Photo: Cache County Sheriff's Office]