Off-duty officer spots woman walking away from crash; arrest follows

ST. GEORGE – A woman was arrested Monday night following a single-vehicle crash allegedly involving a suspected DUI.

A woman was arrested for a suspected DUI following a single-car crash on 200 East just north of the St. George Boulevard intersection, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A woman was arrested for a suspected DUI following a single-car crash on 200 East just north of the St. George Boulevard intersection, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Just after 9 p.m., an off-duty police officer in the area of 200 East and St. George Boulevard heard a horn coming from a vehicle that had just crashed. The vehicle, a passenger car, had gone off the roadway and up on the curb on 200 East just north of the intersection with St. George Boulevard. It then crashed into the side of a cement planter box.

The impact caused the car’s airbags to deploy and ripped the car’s oil pan out of place, causing a significant oil spill that started to flow into the gutter.
While looking into the scene, the off-duty officer found a 35-year-old woman walking away from the crash, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

“It was clear she was the driver of the car that just crashed,” Holmes said. Alcohol and impairment are suspected, he said.

“She was run through field sobriety tests (and) she did not pass those tests,” Holmes said.

The woman was arrested and cited for offenses related to improper lane travel and a DUI with an enhanced charge for attempting to leave the scene.

Before being taken to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility, the woman was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center to be examined for possible injuries.

She did not appear to be injured in the accident, Holmes said, and noted it is protocol to send individuals arrested following a crash to the hospital for medical clearance as a precautionary measure before taking them to booking.

The incident is still under investigation and police currently do not have all the details surrounding how the woman put her car up on the curb.

The St. George Fire Department also responded to the scene and helped clean up the spilled oil.

The car sustained significant damage and had to be towed away.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact. This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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