Police: DUI driver followed another car for miles on Cedar City streets before ramming it from behind

DUI suspect's wrecked vehicle at the scene of a rear-end collision on 300 West, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 10, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A 22-year-old man arrested for DUI following a collision in front of a police station in Cedar City last weekend faces multiple felony charges in connection with the incident.

Scene of a rear-end collision on 300 West, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 10, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

As previously reported in St. George News/Cedar City News, Quentin Redshirt was arrested after the car he was driving rammed another vehicle from behind at high speed shortly before midnight on Saturday. After the crash, Redshirt fled the scene on foot but was soon apprehended by officers a few blocks away.

Redshirt was subsequently booked into Iron County Jail, where he remains held without bail on suspicion of aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony; DUI and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, both third-degree felonies; and reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.

According to the probable cause statement filed in support of Redshirt’s arrest, the occupants of the other car, one of whom sustained facial injuries, reported that they had been followed for several miles through town and had been struck from behind at least once by Redshirt’s vehicle before the major collision on 300 West that left both vehicles totaled.

That crash occurred as the driver of the Hyundai who was being followed reportedly attempted to turn into the parking lot of the Southern Utah University Police station.

“The victims do not know the defendant or why he chased and struck them,” the arresting officer wrote in the affidavit.

Officers said they found a half-empty bottle of vodka and paperwork for prescription medications inside Redshirt’s vehicle, a white Chevrolet compact car that had Arizona license plates. 

“The defendant does not have any ties to Cedar City and was supposed to leave to go to Wyoming for a job,” the affidavit states. “The defendant claims to have no memory of the incident and appears to have assaulted the victims without cause with his vehicle.”

Before he was transported to Iron County Jail early Sunday, Redshirt was first taken to the hospital, where a blood sample was drawn under warrant. According to the affidavit, he admitted to officers on scene that he was intoxicated.

During Redshirt’s initial court appearance on Tuesday, Fifth District Judge Matthew L. Bell appointed public defender Troy Sundquist to represent Redshirt. His next scheduled court dates are a roll call hearing on Monday and an in-person waiver/detention review hearing at 10 a.m. the following Monday, Sept. 26.

This report is based on statements from court documents and law enforcement officials and may not contain the full scope of findings. 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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