SANDY — A woman believed to be driving impaired hit a Utah Highway Patrol trooper's car while the trooper was trying to slow traffic on the freeway, according to police.
About 9:30 a.m. Friday, a UHP trooper was performing a slow-down manuever on northbound I-15 near 8900 South, said UHP Sgt. Nick Street.
A slow-down manuever consists of a trooper driving with all lights and sirens on, and driving in a serpentine motion across all lanes of traffic as a signal to vehicles that are following to slow down. The purpose is to give another trooper ahead of the slow down time to grab debris out of the road.
A woman entered the freeway at 9000 South, however, and did not slow down, Street said. She allegedly hit the trooper's car on the right front panel, and was then knocked into a concrete barrier.
"Just tags him like he's not even there," Street said.
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Sandy police were called to investigate the crash and determined that the woman was impaired due to prescription medication, said Sandy Police Lt. Dean Carriger. Brenda Brown, 49, of Midvale, was arrested for investigation of DUI.
Alcohol was not suspected and the prescribed meds were believed to be hers, Carriger said.
He called the incident a good reminder for all motorists that DUI doesn't just mean alcohol.
"If you use prescription medication, please adhere to the warnings listed and consult your doctor as the medication may cause impairment and prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle," the sergeant said.