Off-road rollover results in air transport, arrest

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ST. GEORGE — Three passengers in an off-highway vehicle were in a rollover Monday afternoon near the Gary and Joyce Holt Reservoir near Enterprise, resulting in serious injury to one passenger and the arrest of the driver.  

Booking photo of James David Pierce taken June 19, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the 2015 Polaris RZR involved in the incident was 51-year-old James David Pierce from Central, Utah. Witnesses at the scene say Pierce lost control while turning a corner and rolled the vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:07 p.m., and Washington County deputies, the Enterprise Fire Department and Intermountain Life Flight helicopter responded.

The initial information received by the Sheriff’s office said that at least one person was pinned underneath the vehicle. Life Flight transported James Pierce’s 26-year-old son, Trevor Pierce, to Dixie Regional Medical Center for reportedly serious injuries.

Washington County Deputy Graham Hancock told St. George News that Trevor Pierce received L4 and L5 lower lumbar fractures to his back and underwent surgery. The third passenger reported no injuries, Hancock said. 

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but according to the press release, deputies suspect that it was alcohol-related, and following a medical clearance, Pierce was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility for driving under the influence and causing serious bodily injury.

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