ST. GEORGE — St. George police officers arrested a 20-year-old man for driving under the influence Sunday morning after he plowed through two residential front yards causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage on Donlee Drive in St. George.
Just before 9:30 a.m., a man was driving a 1998 maroon Mercury Sable, with a woman passenger, southbound on Donlee Drive when he said he blacked out, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said, at which point he continued straight rather than curving with the road, crossed the oncoming lane of travel and plowed through two yards where the car came to a rest after smacking into a boulder.
Residents of one of the homes, Lu Fischer and her husband, were pulling into their garage off Donlee Drive at the same time when they heard a crash from the direction of their neighbor’s house.
“He went across the yard right here,” Fischer said pointing to the curb in front of her house where a mailbox lay on the ground. “I took off running toward the car and the driver jumped out.”
The car was steaming, said Fischer’s neighbor, John Sullivan, and the driver had pulled the woman from the passenger seat onto the ground under a bush, Fischer said. Sullivan’s wife grabbed some pruning clippers to cut the bush away from the woman’s head.
“The whole top of her head was bleeding. Her mouth was split open, teeth bleeding around the gums, but she was able to talk to me,” Fischer said. “She was crying and told me she had been drinking and was afraid she was going to jail. I said, ‘you’re not going to jail, you’re going to the hospital.'”
St. George Police, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross responded to the scene and transported the woman, in stable condition, via ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
Both the driver and the passenger were found to be intoxicated and under the legal drinking age. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence and was transported by police car also to Dixie Regional for medical clearance. After receiving medical clearance, he will be booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility for multiple charges. He did not have a driver’s license so his name could not be confirmed at that time, Holmes said.
The car had to be maneuvered from where it had smacked into the boulder and then was towed.
St. George Police were at another DUI stop close by at 700 N. Bluff St., at the time they got the call for this incident, where a man driving a silver Mazda 6, with his two kids and a 16-year-old girl, was also arrested for DUI, Holmes said.
“He gave an open container to the 16-year-old passenger and asked her to put it in her purse,” Holmes said. “We’ve had three alcohol-related stops this morning.”
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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