WEST VALLEY CITY — It was a burger to die for.
A Utah man was busted for threatening two motorists with a hatchet at the drive-thru window of an In-N-Out Burger after they honked at his girlfriend when she cut them in line, police said.
The episode unfolded on Jan. 17, when two men were sitting at an In-N-Out Burger drive-thru in West Valley City and a woman driving a BMW cut the line in front of their vehicle, cops said. They said the woman ignored them even after the honked and flashed their lights.
A short time later, a truck pulled up next to the men, and Damien Lee Hallett allegedly got out and while “aggressively holding a hatchet,” began yelling at the driver and banging on the window, the Deseret News reported.
The 38-year-old Hallett then allegedly broke the passenger window of the car with his hatchet, cutting his hand and causing it to bleed. Before leaving the area, he pointed the hatchet at the driver and said, “It’ll be your blood next,” court documents said.
The passenger filmed the incident on his cellphone and contacted police shortly after. With help from a witness who provided officers with the license plate, police said they were able to locate the truck at a nearby Costco parking lot. No one was inside the truck, but an officer “observed a bloody hatchet on the passenger seat,” cops said, in addition to “blood outside the driver’s side door.”
Hallett was wearing gloves when police met with him a few days later, the court documents state. “Hallett stated that on the night in question, his girlfriend called him to report people in the drive-thru were yelling at her,” according to police.
Hallett told police he gave his keys to a man named Bob so that Bob could escort his girlfriend home. “Hallett could not provide Bob’s last name or contact information,” the officer wrote in the charging documents.