ST GEORGE – Officers responded to a report of a car collision Sunday afternoon in the area of Man of War Road and Bloomington Drive. When officers arrived on scene they found a silver car had left the road and crashed head-on into a tree.
“The investigation showed that the driver, Brian Peyton, was driving east on Man of War heading towards Wal-Mart,” St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis said. “Peyton then jumped the curb and hit a tree.”
Peyton also had his child and a friend of his child in the car with him, Lewis said. Although he would not release the ages of the children, Lewis said that they were minors.
“We located the driver Brian Peyton two blocks away with both children, trying to get into another vehicle,” Lewis said.
Officers on scene said they had probable cause to believe that Peyton was intoxicated, Lewis said. Peyton was then arrested on scene, and transported to Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries – a class-A misdemeanor; improper lane travel – a class-C misdemeanor; and driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle – a class-A misdemeanor.
Peyton’s bail was set at $2,582 and, as of Monday, Peyton has been released on bail.
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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