WASHINGTON — A driver who ran out of gas and stopped her vehicle within a few feet from the fast lane on Interstate 15 was transported to the hospital after officers found her confused and disoriented.
Just after 3 p.m. Thursday officers responded to a report of a black Jeep parked just north of Exit 10 in the left hand emergency lane on the northbound side, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said.
An officer traveling on the southbound side of Interstate 15 noticed the disabled vehicle, and called in to report it. At that point UHP troopers were quickly dispatched to the vehicle, whose location was a concern because of heavy traffic flow.
As troopers responded they found the Jeep parked diagonally in the left-hand emergency lane, with the rear of the vehicle sitting a few feet from the fast lane, Hicks said. As officials approached the car the motorist told them she ran out of gas.
Noticing that the woman’s speech wasn’t very clear and she seemed disoriented and confused, an ambulance was dispatched to take her to Dixie Regional Medical Center, mainly as a precaution, Hicks said.
“She didn’t appear to be injured,” Hicks said, “but she seemed pretty out of it.”
The Jeep sustained minimal damage as it rolled into the steel cable barrier, and was subsequently impounded and towed from the roadway.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. 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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