Driver speeding at over 100 mph slams into I-15 barrier

ST. GEORGE — A woman was sent to jail Monday night after allegedly driving impaired and crashing into a concrete barrier at a high rate of speed Monday evening.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a crash involving an alleged drunk driver, Washington County, Utah, March 20, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Utah Highway Patrol was dispatched to the scene of the single-car crash involving a silver Toyota Camry near milepost 22 on southbound Interstate 15 at approximately 6:28 p.m.

See video in the media player top of this report.

“My witnesses told us this gal was coming over the black ridge doing over 100 miles per hour,” Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse Williams said.

As the driver rounded a corner in the road, she hit the concrete barrier on the outside shoulder. She then overcorrected, Williams said, spinning through both lanes of traffic before slamming into the cable barrier in the median and coming to rest in a ditch.

Several witnesses stopped at the scene to check on the woman and give police statements.

“When the witnesses got here, they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from her (the driver),” Williams said.

The woman was examined for injuries then cleared by medical personnel from Hurricane Valley Fire District.

“Ultimately,” Williams said, “she was okay, and she was arrested for DUI.”

Out of precaution, Williams said the driver, a woman in her mid-30s, would receive another medical evaluation before being booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane.

A Toyota Camry sits in a ditch after its driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol crashed the vehicle, Washington County, Utah, March 20, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Despite the woman’s reportedly reckless driving behavior, no other cars were involved.

Any charges or citations were still pending as of the time this report was taken.

The Toyota was damaged to the point of being inoperable and was impounded by the state.

Traffic was slowed slightly to accommodate responding emergency vehicles that were parked in the inside lane.

Deputies from Washington County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

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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  • Mean Momma March 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm


  • high5 March 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Alcohol Really???? Nooo Couldn’t Be, They just fixed that with lowering the limt!!!!!!!!!!!!! .05 REMEMBER???????????????????????????????????????????
    What??? No Cannabis Involved? Oh My TISK TISK
    Glad you didn’t Kill Someone and Yourself.
    The Comments Are for the PENCIL HEADS UP NORTH!
    Glad You made It Lady.. Hope You Learn.

  • utahdiablo March 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Where are the UHP, this crap happens everyday….but hey, whats 100 mph, your all happy with 80 right? No? Then contact the UDOT and raise …*, you may just save a few lives…but for this “lady”, take her …* license away and keep her off the road, a bus ticket or bicycle may be more her speed
    Ed. ellipses: …*

  • knobe March 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

    As a life long penny-pincher , I realized early that DUI = extremely high insurance rates ( plus all those court costs )
    so decided to Never drink until I was somewhere I knew I would Not have to drive for at least 12 hours .
    Even after the blood alcohol levels drop , the person is still groggy , fatigued or having headaches .
    Who would want to drive while feeling like crap ?

    Drinking & driving can put one in a life long poverty cycle . . .

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