UHP trooper uses patrol car to stop wrong-way driver on SR-89 in Farmington

FARMINGTON, Utah, March 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) —¬†A Utah Highway Patrol trooper used his vehicle to stop a wrong-way driver in Farmington late Monday night, officials said.

The driver has been identified by officials as Brad Shay Blackner, 37, according to a news release from the UHP.

The incident occurred on SR-89 near Legacy Parkway at approximately 10:45 p.m., the news release said.

Davis County dispatch broadcast an attempt to locate (ATL) on a wrong way driver heading north.

“Troopers responded to the area and located the vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on the ramp of Legacy Highway to SR-89,” the news release said. “The vehicle passed a trooper as he crested the ramp and continued north.”

A second officer, Trooper Jon Stanford, was a half mile behind the first trooper and slowed his vehicle and then drove into the right side of the suspect vehicle as it passed, causing the suspect vehicle to spin to a stop. Stanford’s vehicle then struck the cement barrier.

Stanford was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden with a minor knee injury.

The suspect was taken into custody by Davis County Sheriff’s Office and booked on suspicion of DUI with two or more convictions within ten years, alcohol restricted driver, ignition interlock violation, driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession or use of a controlled substance, improper label or container for a prescription, open container in a vehicle and expired vehicle registration.

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