ST GEORGE – A road rage incident involving several cars and six people resulted in a fight breaking out in the parking lot of Motel 6 in St. George Saturday evening. During the fight weapons were pulled including a bat, and a firearm.
Around 7:15 p.m. St. George City Police Department responded to a report of a road rage incident in the area of 1000 East and Red Hills Parkway in St. George.
“Two pickup trucks, and a passenger car were involved in the incident,” said Officer Derek Lewis of the St. George Police. “They pulled off into the Motel 6 parking lot where the fight broke out.”
The fight involved four adult men, and two adult women, Lewis said.
“At one point during the fight a baseball bat was pulled out,” Lewis said. “At another point a firearm was produced by Austin Howell.”
Howell, 26, of Hurricane was arrested on scene. Howell was the only person arrested as a result of the incident, however another person involved was issued a citation and a vehicle was impounded.
“Howell also, during the fight, proceeded to get into the victim’s car, taking his car keys, as well as two $100 bills from the victim’s wallet,” Lewis said.
There were some superficial injuries, Lewis said, but no one was transported to the hospital.
Howell was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of aggravated assault in the use of a weapon, a third-degree felony; vehicle burglary, a class-A misdemeanor; theft under $500, a class-B misdemeanor; reckless driving, a class-B misdemeanor; disorderly conduct (fighting, violence, or threatening) an infraction; and threatening the use of a weapon in a fight, a class-A misdemeanor.
According to Washington County booking information, Howell’s bail in total was set at $8,969; as of Monday, he has been released.
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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