According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a three-car accident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. on Dec. 2. One of the drivers somehow ended up heading south in the northbound lanes. Troopers believe that driver was impaired at the time and expect he will be investigated for DUI and driving the wrong direction on the roadway.
Most Utah residents would agree that no one likes to see the flashing lights of a police cruiser in their rear view mirror. Being pulled over by police often means an expensive traffic citation and points on your license. In some cases, it can mean much more. You could be facing a first DUI charge if the officer suspects that you are driving under the influence.
Video in the parking lot of a Sam's Club here in Utah captured a vehicle striking a pedestrian. The driver attempted to leave the scene, but was prevented by other people in the parking lot. As police conducted their investigation into the accident, they began to suspect the driver of DUI.
Not every Utah driver makes the right choice behind the wheel all of the time. Recently, one man may not have made all of the right choices while driving, but that does not necessarily mean that he is guilty of driving under the influence. Nevertheless, when police arrived at the scene of the single-car accident in which he was involved, officers suspected him of DUI.
After responding to a single vehicle accident recently, the Utah Highway Patrol recently reminded the public to wear their seat belts and not to let a friend drive drunk. When troopers arrived, they began to suspect that the driver may have been intoxicated. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI.
Nearly one year ago, a school bus driver was accused of driving under the influence with a bus full of children and parents on a field trip ("DUI suspected of school bus driver in Utah," Oct. 20, 2014). Recently, she pleaded guilty to DUI and could spend up to a year in jail. Her sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec. 7.
In order for someone to be charged with driving under the influence, law enforcement officials must first have probable cause to make the traffic stop. If it is discovered that no probable cause existed at the time of the arrest, a DUI may be dismissed. The alleged actions of the head of the Utah Highway Patrol's DUI Squad could mean several people will head back to court to have their cases reviewed to determine whether their arrests were legal.
Police officers are required to have probable cause (a legal reason) before they can make a traffic stop. Once an officer initiates a stop, if he or she suspects a Utah resident of being under the influence, that suspicion must be confirmed before the driver can be arrested. This is why they are supposed to be trained to identify certain behavioral patterns and perform preliminary on site DUI tests.
When people hear that someone was accused of driving under the influence, many assume that the driver was impaired by alcohol. However, a Utah resident can be charged with metabolite DUI. This means that police suspect the individual of being impaired by a substance other than alcohol, such as illegal or prescription drugs.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning, a 20-year-old Utah man was involved in a motorcycle accident. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he suffered in the crash. Police suspect the man was impaired and arrested him for DUI.