Woman charged with DUI after rollover on Red Hills Parkway; STGnews Videcoast

ST. GEORGE – Alcohol was allegedly a contributing factor in an incident Wednesday night where a woman was transported to the hospital after rolling her vehicle on Red Hills Parkway in St. George.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., a passenger car was traveling westbound on Red Hills Parkway when the driver lost control of the vehicle, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. The vehicle jumped the median and flipped, landing on its roof in the westbound lanes of Red Hills Parkway.

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Videocast by Melissa Anderson, KCSG and St. George News

The 48-year-old driver was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, while the three other occupants of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries, Triplett said.

“She was able to climb out of the vehicle,” Triplett said. “There were no visible injuries at all on her. She just got transported for precautionary reasons.”

Icy road conditions also played a factor in the severity of the accident, Triplett said. The driver was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane travel, driving faster than speed for road conditions, and failure to obtain a driver’s license, he said.

While she received these charges and remains subject to a judge in these offenses, she was not booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility as she was undergoing medical treatment for hours after the incident, Triplett said.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident and the car was towed from the scene with severe damage, Triplett said. Red Hills Parkway was shutdown in both directions for about 45 minutes. The scene, which was attended to by St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance, was cleaned up within an hour.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact. This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

St. George News Reporter Holly Coombs contributed to this report.

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  • Richard C January 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    If she is cited her name needs to be released! She gets away with no jail and no public disdain.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic January 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Richard C, names of people involved in incidents are often not given us at the scene. She won’t appear in bookings because the arrest is by citation and she was released from law enforcement custody to the hospital. She will be required to make appearance and respond to charges the county attorney decides to bring.
      I hope that helps,
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    • ladybugavenger January 2, 2015 at 12:00 am


  • U know January 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    They transported her to check her blood levels. For precautionary measures.

  • Koolaid January 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    She should apply for Washington County Deputy Sheriff.

  • evil twins mommy January 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Well I hope she is okay and she gets the help she needs

  • Tia January 1, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    That was SAND, not salt.

  • ladybugavenger January 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm


    • koolaid January 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      except it’s a woman, not a male football player

  • Dolly January 2, 2015 at 1:17 am

    New law just passed requiring officers to impound cars driven by uninsured motorists. Seems to me that unlicensed motorists should suffer that same penalty. Hope she gets the book thrown at her: 1) no license 2) DUI 3) speeding
    (Don’tcha think this obviously responsible upstanding citizen must have car insurance?) And what kind of friends would let her drive under the influence
    (uhhh – maybe drunk ones)! They’ll probably have a fundraiser for her so she can get that car fixed and get back on the road! I’ll get off my soapbox now, thank you for listening!

    • evil twins mommy January 2, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Thats one heck of a soap box did it change anything..? Take it easy and have a wonderful day

  • DesertBill January 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    “traveling westbound on Red Hills Parkway when the driver lost control of the vehicle, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. The vehicle jumped the median and flipped, landing on its roof in the westbound lanes of Red Hills Parkway.”

    If it was traveling westbound and jumped the median, wouldn’t it have landed in the eastbound lanes?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic January 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I understand your thinking, Desert B, and wondered the same. The thing is, we report what the officer describes on first observation. Vehicles can move in mysterious ways when it comes to crashes; we wouldn’t want to second-guess what we’re told but I allow that first accounts often do get sorted out and clarified as the insurance and other processes of accident analysis go forward.
      I hope that helps a little,
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      • DesertBill January 3, 2015 at 7:04 am

        Understood. Thanks for taking time to respond. I did think about “Vehicles can move in mysterious ways….”

  • New Family January 3, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Car like the owner. After a few drinks she’s also got her car on its back with tires in the air.

    • Koolaid January 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Another candidate for washington county deputy?

  • Mary January 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

    ” three other occupants of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries ” ?
    After landing on the roof ?
    The car manufacturer should use that in their ads !

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