License plate wedged into motorcycle tire leads police to hit-and-run suspect

St. George Police officers investigate a motorcycle hit-and-run accident on Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A woman who allegedly rear-ended a motorcycle and left the scene of the accident was located by police after she left her front license plate in the rear tire of the motorcycle she hit Friday night on Dixie Drive in St. George.

Just before 10 p.m., St. George Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Dixie Drive and Sunset Boulevard, where Jay Orosco of St. George reported that, while preparing to turn left from North Dixie Drive onto West Sunset Boulevard, he was  rear-ended by a woman in an SUV. Orosco said when  the woman left the scene, her front license plate remained in his back tire.

A motorcycle is towed after it was rear-ended in a hit-and-run accident on Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
A motorcycle is towed after it was rear-ended in a hit-and-run accident on Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

St. George Police Sgt. Albert Gilman said they ran the plate and identified it to an Ivins resident. Santa Clara-Ivins Police officers went to the residence and located the suspect, he said.

“We will determine if she is the one who did hit the motorcycle,” he said. “If so, she will be cited for leaving the scene of an accident; and, we will have to observe what might have led up to the accident, and determine if any other citations need to be given such as possibly following too close.”

Orosco was not injured in the incident. He had his motorcycle towed from the scene as it was stuck in gear and sustained other possible damage, he said.

St. George Police officers investigate a motorcycle hit-and-run accident on Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
St. George Police officers investigate a motorcycle hit-and-run accident on Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The left-turn lane on North Dixie Drive was blocked off and police officers directed through traffic with road flares while the scene was cleared.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

St. George Police Department and Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department continue to investigate the incident as this report is published.

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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4 Comments

  • ladybugavenger March 27, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    That is priceless!

  • fun bag March 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    open book driver’s test. should of took a cab

  • Freelance March 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • CaliGirl March 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Oh please follow up with this story. We all want to know who is so stupid to think they can get away with something like this.

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