ST. GEORGE — A 37-year-old woman was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and arrested on multiple charges after driving the wrong way on Interstate 15 and colliding with a semitrailer, or tractor-trailer, near mile marker 10 just before 5 a.m. Friday.
The woman, later identified as Cheryl Jensen, is alleged to have been driving under the influence in a passenger car southbound on northbound I-15. As she neared mile marker 10, she crashed into the semi that was heading northbound, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said. He said he did not know where Jensen had accessed the Interstate or how long she had been traveling it in the wrong direction.
UHP and medical responders were dispatched to the scene. The driver of the semi suffered no injuries and was able to keep traveling.
Jensen was transported to Dixie Regional for minor injuries, Royce said. After being cleared and released from the hospital, Jensen was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Jensen was charged with a class-B misdemeanor for driving under the influence, a class-C misdemeanor for failure to use the correct lane of travel, a class-C misdemeanor for failure to obey a traffic device or barricade and an infraction for a seatbelt violation. According to current bookings information Jensen’s bail stands at $1,790.
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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