Man charged with DUI accident that left UHP soldier with vision loss

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A 21-year-old man, Herriman, has been charged after crashing into a Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in August.

The crash occurred near 2800 South at I-215 SB in Salt Lake County. A UHP soldier was investigating a vehicle parked alongside the freeway when the suspect pulled off the road and pulled onto the shoulder, hitting the patrol car from behind. The impact forced the patrol car to spin around and strike the parked vehicle, pushing it about 70 feet before stopping, according to prosecution documents.

The sergeant was taken to hospital with a serious eye injury. The suspect was airlifted to a local hospital with severe head trauma. The sergeant sustained injuries from numerous pieces of glass to his right eye, as well as an abrasion of the cornea, a lacerated eyelid, whiplash in the neck and back, internal hemorrhage in the groin and facial lacerations, according to the prosecution documents.

The UHP soldier had to undergo eye and stitches surgery as well as back, knee and eye pain and reported loss of vision in his right eye.

Two other passengers were in the suspect’s car at the time of the accident. One was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and the other was hospitalized with broken ribs.

Police discovered two empty beer cans and rolling paper in the suspect’s vehicle. One of the passengers said they were at a party just before the crash, prosecution documents show.

Authorities issued a warrant for a blood alcohol test. The test came back positive for a blood alcohol level above the legal limit as well as positive results for THC, 11-hydroxy THC (a more concentrated form of THC) and THC-COOH.

The suspect was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs as a third degree felony, two counts of impaired driving as a class A felony and one count of non -respect of the same way.


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