ST. GEORGE – One person was sent to jail while another was taken to the hospital following a head-on collision on Bluff Street Tuesday evening that allegedly involved alcohol.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Tuesday, Douglas Darrell Cook, 53, of St. George, was southbound on Bluff Street, having left the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident prior to the arrival of St. George Police officers, according to a probable cause statement.
An officer located Cook’s pickup truck eastbound on Sunset Drive and followed it southward on Bluff Street. While approaching 200 S. Bluff, the officer wrote in the statement that Cook appeared to notice he was being followed. At this point he made a sudden turn from the inside lane to the turn lane to get onto 200 South without using a turn signal.
“As Doug began his turn into the northbound lanes of travel he hit a northbound vehicle head on,” the officer wrote. “The victim he hit head on suffered serious bodily injury which required immediate medical attention. The victim suffered from several broken bones, a collapsed lung and will need surgery for other serious injuries.”
Cook was taken into custody at the scene of the crash and placed into the back of a police patrol car. A search of his truck produced a loaded 9mm pistol, as well as a loaded AK-47 rifle. Additional AK-47 magazines were also found in the cab of the truck.
A search of Cook’s person yielded suspected drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
According to the probable cause statement, Cook told officers during an interview that he had been using methamphetamine earlier in the day. He also said he had taken two “jack and cokes and taken (four) shots of Fireball.”
He also admitted to actions involving the domestic violence incident which involved throwing the victim onto a bed, attempting to choke her, and holding a gun to her head.
The woman was able to escape the bedroom and the Police Department was contacted.
Cook was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
Felony charges include: Driving under the influence and causing injury, possession of firearms by a restricted individual, and domestic violence-related offenses of aggravated assault with a weapon and committed the aggravated assault in the presence of a child.
Cook also faces misdemeanors and infractions related to the domestic violence incident and vehicle collision.
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