2 Tooele County crashes linked to alleged drunk driver

Published: Sunday, June 1 2014 11:35 a.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, June 1 2014 3:21 p.m. MDT

Utah Highway Patrol troopers are investigating two crashes in Tooele County Saturday night that are linked to a suspected drunk driver.

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TOOELE — Utah Highway Patrol troopers are investigating two crashes Saturday night, one of which was caused by a suspected drunk driver.

At 9:08 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers received calls about a driver who was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on state Route 36 in the Lake Point area near I-80. Before troopers located him, the driver struck a minivan, causing it to roll several times, said UHP spokesman Jesse Valenzuela.

Both the driver of the minivan and a front seat passenger were ejected from the vehicle.

The driver who hit the minivan fled from the accident on foot but was apprehended by UHP trooper Roger Daniels on a nearby freeway off-ramp.

"He was so intoxicated and sick, he got sick in the back of the trooper's car as they were taking him over to the Tooele Country Jail. … He had no ID on him and he wasn’t able to answer any of their questions," Valenzuela said.

As traffic began to slow down in the area, a second crash occurred near the initial scene that caused all lanes of traffic to be blocked for an hour. A woman, going at highway speeds, rear-ended a truck that was stopped ahead of her. Investigators said the women was driving with a revoked license.

Two medical helicopters were called but just one victim, who was ejected from the van, was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.

Valenzuela said troopers had not yet identified the drunk driver because he was not cooperating with officers Saturday night.

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