Man crashes into car before fleeing scene, allegedly under influence of alcohol

ST. GEORGE – A juvenile was transported to the hospital and a 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday after the man allegedly smashed into the back of a car on Bluff Street in St. George before fleeing the scene while under the influence of alcohol.

Just before 8 p.m., officers responded to an injury collision after a red pickup truck with the license plate “MOODY” crashed into the back of a northbound white Dodge Charger stopped at a South Bluff Street stoplight on the Interstate 15 overpass, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer David McDaniel in support of the arrest.

Matthew Gary Moody, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted April 12, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Matthew Gary Moody, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted April 12, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

The driver of the truck, later identified as Matthew Gary Moody, of St. George, did not slow down for the red stop light and hit the rear of the Dodge Charger at a high rate of speed, causing severe damage to the vehicle, according to the statement.

The impact of the collision also injured a girl who was a passenger in the Dodge Charger, the statement said. The girl was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with back injuries.

Immediately following the collision, Moody left the scene without stopping and continued on to northbound I-15.

A witness on a motorcycle observed the collision and followed Moody on I-15. Moody pulled over just short of Exit 8. He was the only occupant of the truck.

Police discovered Moody’s driver’s license was suspended for an ignition interlock device, and that he was an alcohol restricted driver.

A strong odor associated with an alcoholic beverage was coming from Moody’s breath, McDaniel said in the statement, and he had bloodshot, red and glassy eyes.

Moody told police he had taken Effexor earlier in the day for anxiety, the statement said.

Following a field sobriety test performed by officers, McDaniel wrote the following in the statement of probable cause:

Matthew could not stay in the start position and stood with his feet shoulder width apart. Matthew missed heel to toe on every step he took. Matthew stepped off line several times during the test. Matthew performed the one legged stand test. Matthew could not count in order and would go back and forth on number. Matthew could not keep his foot off the ground for more than 3 or 4 seconds at a time. Matthew also swayed in place badly.

Moody refused to allow authorities to test his blood alcohol content level, according to the statement.

Moody was found to be on probation under supervision by Adult Probation and Parole. He was also found to have six prior arrests for DUI and multiple felony convictions for DUI in the last 10 years, the statement said.

Moody was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

He was charged with two third-degree felonies for a third subsequent offense of driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to remain at an accident involving injury; three class B misdemeanors for driving on a suspended license, operating a vehicle without an interlock system and alcohol restricted driver; and a class C misdemeanor for traffic control signal violations.

Fifth District Judge Eric A. Ludlow ordered Moody’s bail amount set at $13,230 during his initial court appearance Monday. Moody was found indigent by the court and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Douglas Terry. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 20.

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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8 Comments

  • fun bag April 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    scum bag

  • ladybugavenger April 14, 2015 at 11:29 am

    6 prior dui arrests….that’s a little excessive.

  • Mean Momma April 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    This guy needs therapy… Hmmmm I wonder if he happens to know any therapists in St. George?

  • sagemoon April 14, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Yep, scum bag.

  • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Yep dang multi DUI arrested scum bag

  • beentheredonethat April 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Poor guy has anxiety……WAAAAAAHHHHHH

  • BullPenis April 15, 2015 at 9:13 am

    He is a victim of society and each and every one of you are responsible for his drug addiction.. This message was brought to you courtesy of the Obama Administration

  • Car4sale April 15, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Yep.! just like alcoholics its society’s fault and we’re all to blame

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