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Police suspect driving under the influence of alcohol in crash

Sometime after 7:21 p.m., police were called to the scene of an accident. When they arrived, it was discovered that a minivan and a passenger car were involved in a head-on collision. The Utah driver of the car is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to a witness who had just come out of the business the accident occurred in front of, the driver of the passenger car was responsible for the crash. In his statement, he says the minivan was sitting in the center turn lane, facing southbound and waiting to make a left turn. The car came from the opposite direction in the left lane and suddenly veered into the turn lane.

The driver of the minivan supposedly attempted to warn the driver by honking the horn and waving her hands, but the car collided with the minivan nevertheless. The St. George Police Department reports that other calls were received regarding a vehicle matching the description of the car that was driving erratically. The car's driver suffered injuries serious enough to be taken to an area hospital. Even though officers admittedly do not know what caused the vehicle to veer into the turn lane, alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Just because police officers believe the man was driving under the influence of alcohol does not mean he is guilty of DUI. The man driving the car is presumed innocent in the eyes of the law. Utah prosecutors will be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash, a measure of proof that is often difficult to achieve.

Source:, "1 sent to hospital after head-on collision; DUI suspected", Ric Wayman, April 30, 2015

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