3 car collision in Hurricane, 1 arrested

A Hyundai Sonata sits on a tow truck after being hit at 700 West and State Street in Hurricane, Utah Tuesday. Aug. 2, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

HURRICANE — Three vehicles tangled at the busy intersection of 700 West and State Street in Hurricane Tuesday afternoon, resulting in two cars having to be towed and one of the drivers arrested.

A Honda Accord sits at the corner of 700 West and State Street after an accident that involved two other vehicles. Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 2, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A Honda Accord sits at the corner of 700 West and State Street after an accident that involved two other vehicles. Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 2, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“A Honda Accord was traveling westbound on State Street, approaching the intersection of 700 West and failed to stop for the red light,” Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said. “The (Hyundai) Sonata was traveling southbound on 700 West…and as the Honda Accord ran the red light he hit the driver’s side of (the Sonata).”

The Honda Accord was spun around by the impact and hit a Ford truck on the south side of the intersection. The Honda Accord then continued up onto a sidewalk, where it demolished a sign and came to rest against a pole.

While investigating, Hurricane Police officers found evidence that the driver of the Honda Accord was allegedly intoxicated, and field tests revealed that he was impaired.

Benajmin Paul Matthews, arrested for driving under the influence and running a red light, as well as drug offenses. Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 2, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Benjamin Paul Matthews, arrested for driving under the influence and running a red light, as well as drug offenses. Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Officers arrested Benjamin Paul Matthews of Toquerville on charges of possessing drugs and paraphernalia, driving under the influence, and failure to obey a traffic signal.

No one was injured in the wreck, Buell said, as all drivers with the exception of Matthews were known to have been wearing a seat belt.

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.

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3 Comments

  • ladybugavenger August 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    How many times have people been told Don’t Drink and Drive geeeeeeeeeeeze Don’t Drink and Drive!

    Here’s the barometer, if you have one drink- don’t drive because if you have more than one drink you are going to think you are ok to drive.

    All intoxicated people think they are ok to drive.

    So know that! and if you are going to drink make sure you have alternative transportation or just stay home. It’s simple.

  • .... August 3, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Well that’s what happens when someone is drinking a text and talking on his beer bottle and is watching where he’s already been. .

  • .... August 3, 2016 at 12:40 am

    GO RAIDERS !!! GO LADYBUG !!! ♡♡♡

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