Man charged with ‘extreme DUI’ after extreme rollover

MESQUITE, Nevada – A man transported to the hospital by Life Flight Wednesday morning after he left the side of the roadway on Interstate 15, lost control of his vehicle, went skidding through the median and then rolled several times, is now facing DUI charges.

At approximately 11:34 a.m. MST time, a 23-year-old man was southbound on Interstate 15 near milepost 2 when he lost control of his 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck registered out of Mesquite, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms said.

A man was transported to the hospital via Life Flight after a rollover on southbound Interstate 15 about 2 miles north of Mesquite, Nevada, May 13, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms, St. George News
A man was transported to the hospital via Life Flight after a rollover on southbound Interstate 15 about 2 miles north of Mesquite, Nevada, May 13, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms, St. George News

“I saw a whole bunch of broadside skid marks in the median,” Bottoms said, “so he lost control on the highway and began skidding through the median, rotating clockwise, so he was skidding sideways, and then, when he came back up on the highway, the car flipped over and rolled several times and ended up on the right-hand shoulder.”

The man was the only occupant in the vehicle, Bottoms said, and no other vehicles were involved in the collision.

“The initial officer who arrived on scene observed the odor of alcohol present when he was communicating with the driver,” Bottoms said. “We did a preliminary breath test, and we received a reading that would support a charge of DUI … we will be seeking a charge of what we call extreme DUI in Arizona, which means your blood alcohol level is above a .15.”

Bottoms said the man was conscious and somewhat alert at the scene.

“The Fire Department noticed that he began asking the same questions over and over and over, which is indicative of a head injury or can be one of the signs of a head injury,” he said.

He was transported via Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated for his injuries.

“I would not be surprised if he wasn’t seat-belted because there were no marks on his body, like from where the seat belt would have caught him,” Bottoms said, “but there were no airbags either, so I don’t know how he would have stayed inside the truck with as many times at it rolled.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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11 Comments

  • 42214 May 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Never heard of extreme DUI and an extreme rollover. Can you say, “Hyperbole”?

  • Bender May 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Xtreme reporting Kimberly.

  • mmsandie May 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Drunk and in the gorge..it’s bad enough trying to drive thru the gorge, I haven,t driven thru there in 3 yrd. waiting for the bridge work to finish..

    • Lastdays May 13, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Mile post #2 is only 2 miles north of Mesquite. That’s about 15 miles or so from the gorge and the bridge construction. Photos look like just out of Mesquite too.

    • DB May 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      You’re going to have to wait a lot longer. I think when they finish one bridge, they will start on another one. I’ve only been held up in the gorge once and that had nothing to do with the bridge work…

  • beentheredonethat May 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    The article said the truck was registered in Mesquite but did not mention the drivers name. Was it Jake Adams again?

    • Jon R Cocktoasten May 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Beentheredonethat… You must be some kind of special! “Was is Jake Adams?” Really??? Looks like you’ve been there done that! Sounds like there was just as much of a chance of it being YOU or your Mom as it was Jake! Did you eat a lot of paint chips while you sat and licked the window as a child? Just wondering… Try to sound intelligent when you make comments, please for the sake of the readers that have are intelligent!

    • 42214 May 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Who is Jake Adams?

      • fun bag May 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        It’s Sam Adams brother. He’s always drunk.

  • beentheredonethat May 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Not stupid enough to drink and drive. If I did drink or have kids I wouldn’t have them in a vehiclle with me. And to have a job waiting for him is a joke.

  • Tm2282 May 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    You don’t have much intelligence cocksmokin

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