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UCSO Sergeant - Off Duty - Witnessed a DUI Crash and Caught Fleeing Driver

Posted On : 12/23/2019 7:47:02 AM

An off duty Sergeant with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was off duty when he witnessed a crash where the driver of that car fled the scene and was impaired. Provo Police arrested the man for DUI.

*** PRESS RELEASE December 23, 2019 ***

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, an off duty Sergeant with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was in Provo driving north on 800 West and was waiting to turn right onto 800 North.  He saw a white Hyundai Elantra pass in front of him driving east.  The Sergeant followed behind the car and saw the driver of that car was unable to stay in his travel lane.  That driver drifted into oncoming traffic and the driver of a westbound SUV had to swerve to avoid a head on collision.  The driver of the Hyundai then lost control at about 550 West 800 North, hit a tree, and rolled into the front yard of an apartment complex.  The Sergeant had his passenger call 911 while he went to check on the driver of the Hyundai.  The driver of the Hyundai fled the scene of the crash and when the Sergeant looked for him a witness told him the driver ran from the crash.  The Sergeant found the driver, identified himself as being with the Sheriff's Office, and told him to stop.  The driver refused to stop and the Sergeant physically stopped him.  The Sergeant could smell alcohol in the car and on the driver's breath.  Being off duty and not having handcuffs with him, the Sergeant used his belt to detain the driver of the Hyundai.  Shortly after this a Provo Police Officer arrived and took custody of the driver of the Hyundai.  That driver sustained minor injuries and, after being examined at Utah Valley Hospital, was booked into the Utah County Jail on several charges, including DUI.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell

(801)851-4333 - Office

Twitter:  @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO

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