ST. GEORGE – After crashing his SUV into a wall on Foremaster Drive Saturday afternoon, a St. George man was arrested for driving under the influence.
Just after 5 p.m., St. George Communication Center received a report that an SUV, traveling eastbound on Foremaster Drive near 1740 East in St. George, had gone off the road, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said.
“It appears the vehicle did scrape the wall a bit,” Williams said.
St. George police officers responded to the scene and came into contact with the driver of the SUV, Jared Brent Hanks, who told officers he had passed out or fallen asleep behind the wheel, Williams said.
“Officers saw a Dust-Off can that Hanks was trying to kick under the seat,” Williams said. “Officers pulled him out and had Gold Cross Ambulance look at him.”
After determining that Hanks was uninjured, officers began field sobriety tests.
“After the tests and speaking to Hanks, we were able to determine that the cause of the accident was psychotoxic chemical abuse or huffing,” Williams said. “Hanks admitted to us he was huffing Dust-Off while driving.”
Hanks was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with a class B misdemeanor for driving under the influence and a class B misdemeanor for psychotoxic chemical abuse. According to bookings information Hank’s current bail stands at $1900.
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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