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SLCPD officer witnesses wrong-way drunk driver crash into embankment

Feb 5, 2023, 11:21 AM

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Image of the scene where police witnessed a wrong-way driver crash in Salt Lake City (Photo courtesy of SLCPD)

(Photo courtesy of SLCPD)

SALT LAKE CITY – At around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, police witnessed a 2009 black Ford F-150 traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong lane. 

The officers were attending to an unrelated crash on Redwood Road when they witnessed the crash take place.

According to police, the Ford truck crossed over the median multiple times before the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed down an embankment, with homes at the base.

Officers immediately responded and attempted a traffic stop. When they approached the vehicle, the driver began backing up and then re-entered traffic. The driver later pulled over near 200 South Redwood Road.

According to the SLCPD officer, the driver smelled of alcohol and his eyes appeared glossy and bloodshot.

The driver is being processed for driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic-related charges. His identity has not yet been released.

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SLCPD officer witnesses wrong-way drunk driver crash into embankment