SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police are trying to sort through the details of a rollover accident involving a 15-year-old unlicensed driver who had been drinking.
The teen was allegedly driving this past weekend because the 21-year-old owner of the vehicle gave him the keys because the adult was too drunk to drive himself.
The accident happened about 3 a.m. Sunday on an overpass near 2100 South and 1100 West.
The teen was believed to have been going too fast for the icy conditions, side-swiped the side barricade and lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving. The vehicle ended up on its top with its wheels in the air, said Salt Lake police detective Rick Wall.
The driver and five passengers sustained only minor injuries. Most of the people in the vehicle were in their late teens or early 20s.
The 15-year-old told police he was at Club Sanctuary, 451 S. 400 West. According to an initial police report, the owner of the vehicle — the only person in the group who was 21 — told detectives he left the club with friends and gave the keys to the boy because he felt he was too drunk to drive.
As of Wednesday, police said they had not independently verified the boy's story and did not know if he was actually allowed inside the club or had been served alcohol.
According to the club's website, "You have to be over 18 and have a valid ID with you to get in, no exceptions."
The juvenile was cited for investigation of DUI, not having a driver's license and the "not a drop" law which says minors cannot drink any amount of alcohol.