Driver slams into freeway sign; DUI arrest

A Ford F-150 slams into freeway sign on I-15, St. George Utah, July 22, 2014 |Photo by T.S. Romney, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Utah Highway Patrol arrested  Danny Miller, of Hurricane, Tuesday morning after his white Ford F-150 left the southbound traffic lane on Interstate 15, just north of the St. George Boulevard overpass, and collided with a freeway sign. UHP’s subsequent investigation revealed that Miller was driving under the influence.

Trooper Grant Hintze was stationary near I-15 mile marker 9 when passersby alerted him to the accident. The passersby informed Hintze that the driver may have been injured.

“I arrived, saw the truck as well as a few witnesses on scene,” Hintze said.

A Ford F-150 slams into freeway sign on I-15, St. George Utah, July 22, 2014 |Photo by T.S. Romney, St. George News
A Ford F-150 slams into freeway sign on I-15, St. George Utah, July 22, 2014 |Photo by T.S. Romney, St. George News

Hintze discovered that the truck had been headed south on I-15 when it left the roadway and crashed into the sign.

The St. George City Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance arrived and proceeded to assess Miller’s condition. Miller subsequently signed a medical release denying medical treatment.

“As I continued my investigation into the accident I began to suspect the driver was under the influence of some kind of substance,” Hintze said.

Hintze requested Miller to submit to a series of field sobriety tests, which Miller agreed to do.

After the field sobriety tests were completed, Miller was taken into custody for driving under the influence. He was then transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for a blood draw and a medical clearance.

Miller was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of driving under the influence, a class-B misdemeanor; no proof of insurance, a class-B misdemeanor; and improper lane travel, a class-C misdemeanor.

As of the publication of this article, he is still incarcerated. Bail has been set at $1,950.

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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5 Comments

  • Brian July 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    At least he ran into a sign and not a van full of kids. I hope he’s able to get his life in order. Comments that alcohol isn’t a drug, is harmless, and never causes accidents in 3… 2… 1…

  • ladybugavenger July 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    LOL…What an idiot. Don’t drink and drive, it applies to you too.

  • My Evil Twin July 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Stupid, just stupid. OTOH, I hate to see those “Engine Brake Restricted” signs. Maybe he should have hit it harder?

  • Missy July 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    It would have been more of a service to take out the Port sign.

  • kat July 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    He was not drunk, he was not high on illegal drugs………….I know what happened and this is a good man who has been through hell and back over the last several years. Before calling him an idiot why don’t you ask how he is doing since he watched his wife die a slow death from cancer. Yes I am certain he is grateful that is was a sign and maybe a change in his life will happen, but everyone is making him into a monster and that is NOT who he is….

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