ST. GEORGE – A man was arrested for driving under the influence, drug possession and reckless driving Wednesday evening after he allegedly drove up and crashed onto the roundabout at Main Street and Diagonal Street in St. George and then left the scene.
Around 6 p.m., a witness reported seeing a Jeep Wrangler crash onto the roundabout near the Main Street post office.
“Just basically kind of into the flower box,” St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said.
“He just kind of went up into the dirt a little bit,” he added.
No damage was done to the roundabout, Triplett said, and the Art Around the Corner sculpture installed at the roundabout also did not sustain any damage as a result of the crash.
Following the accident, the driver fled the scene.
The driver of the Jeep, later identified as William David Witten of Santa Clara, was located and detained near 600 South and 700 East in St. George.
Officers at the scene said one of the front tires of Witten’s Jeep had been damaged in the crash.
Witten’s vehicle was searched at the scene and officers found drugs inside.
“He was determined to be DUI,” Triplett said, “so he was arrested for DUI, and then marijuana was found in the vehicle.”
Witten was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of driving under the influence, a class B misdemeanor; reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.
According to court records, Witten has been released on $2,780 bond securing his promise to make court appearances. Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 6.
His vehicle was impounded.
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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