Sanpete man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly running over brother

A Sanpete County man was left in critical condition after his brother allegedly ran him over in a car earlier this month.

Tony Ralph Paulson, 36, has been charged with attempted murder, a second-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor, for allegedly running over his brother with a vehicle on June 12 and leaving him in the road. The incident occurred on S.R. 117, between Spring City and Mt. Pleasant at 1 a.m.

According to a probable cause statement from Officer Kallen Cox of the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was found six hours later by EMS personnel. The victim was airlifted to a trauma center and listed in critical condition.

Paulson’s mother told police that Paulson and his brother had left her house around 1 a.m. and Paulson returned alone, Cox’s statement said.  Paulson’s girlfriend confirmed his mother’s story. She also told police that Paulson was acting erratically when he returned to her, “waking up his children and telling them that he was never going to see them again.”

She also reported to police that Paulson told her that he had killed his brother. Because of his intoxicated state, she did not believe what he said. It was not until she noticed the victim had not returned to his car sitting in the driveway that she began to be concerned, the statement said.

Examinations of the victim’s car, which Paulson had driven that morning, revealed front bumper damage and possible bodily fluid on its exterior. There was also a recent scratch on the car, consistent with running into a fence or trees or both. At the scene, a nearby fence line had been destroyed, the statement said. The tread of the vehicle’s tires also matched with tracks that had been left in the dirt at the scene.

Paulson’s girlfriend also reported that, “Tony had defecated himself and there was some excrement in the victim’s vehicle.” A DNA test on the evidence sample is pending. 

Police found Paulson’s underwear in his mother’s furnace, allegedly as an attempt to destroy them, the statement said.

Officer Cox found that Paulson has 14 prior criminal convictions, one from a felony charge. He also has a history of domestic violence-related offenses. Based on Paulson’s prior criminal history in conjunction with the seriousness of the current charges, Cox requested that Paulson be held without bail. 

“I believe that Tony is a substantial risk to the victim and society if released on bail,” Cox said in his statement.

Paulson was given $10,000 bail and his court date is pending.