Man with children in car slams into tree on Man of War; DUI arrest

ST GEORGE – Officers responded to a report of a car collision Sunday afternoon in the area of Man of War Road and Bloomington Drive. When officers arrived on scene they found a silver car had left the road and crashed head-on into a tree.

Brian Peyton of St George Utah, July 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Brian Peyton of St George Utah, July 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“The investigation showed that the driver, Brian Peyton, was driving east on Man of War heading towards Wal-Mart,” St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis said. “Peyton then jumped the curb and hit a tree.”

Peyton also had his child and a friend of his child in the car with him, Lewis said. Although he would not release the ages of the children, Lewis said that they were minors.

“We located the driver Brian Peyton two blocks away with both children, trying to get into another vehicle,” Lewis said.

Officers on scene said they had probable cause to believe that Peyton was intoxicated, Lewis said. Peyton was then arrested on scene, and transported to Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.

He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries – a class-A misdemeanor; improper lane travel – a class-C misdemeanor; and driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle – a class-A misdemeanor.

Peyton’s bail was set at $2,582 and, as of Monday, Peyton has been released on bail.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • Wonka July 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    It was a son. not a daughter in thecar.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic July 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      OK, Wonka – we’re changing it to child, pending verification on that point. Thank you 🙂
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • J July 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    The victim was transported to DRMC by ambulance for medical evaluation and injuries sustained during the wreck. Then arrested for DUi

    • Joyce Kuzmanic July 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Thanks J, may be a confusion of words; although the transport to Dixie Regional was not related to us by the the police, understand that persons are often taken to the hospital for medical clearance (which may include testings for alcohol or drugs) in the custody of an officer before being transported to Purgatory for booking – as arrest means an actual restraint of the person or submission to custody, it would encompass the process including the intermediate stop at the hospital.
      I hope that helps,
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

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