OGDEN -- A 19-year-old Ogden man has been arrested after police say he hit an officer's face with a hammer while trying to escape arrest.
Pablo Carranza was booked into Weber County Jail on Saturday on suspicion of aggravated assault, intoxication, urinating in public, criminal mischief, interfering with arrest, failure to disclose identity, unlawful possession/consumption, two counts of assault by a prisoner and possession of burglary tools.
Lt. Tony Fox said the incident occurred just after 3 a.m. Saturday after someone reported a couple of men spray-painting mailboxes on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Patterson Street.
Officers chased two men, and one found Carranza in a home's backyard.
"Carranza got into a fight with the officer," Fox said. "He threw several punches at the officer, striking him in the face."
He said Carranza also hit the officer in the face with a hammer he had with him.
The officer was injured, but Fox did not say how serious the injuries were.
Other officers arrived at the scene and were able to take Carranza into custody.
The other man, Nicholas Martinez, 19, was arrested at the scene.
He was booked into Weber County Jail on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, unlawful possession/consumption and intoxication.