18-year-old man arrested for DUI after driving in wrong direction on Utah County road

Payton Christensen. Photo Courtesy: Utah County Sheriff's Office

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 13, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — An 18-year-old man was arrested on DUI charges after driving in the wrong direction on a Utah County road — straight toward a sheriff’s deputy.

A news release from Utah County Sheriff’s Office said that shortly after midnight Tuesday, a deputy was driving north on Pony Express Parkway in Eagle Mountain.

“The road in this area is one lane in each direction with a raised median in the center,” the news release said. “The deputy saw a car driving south, coming toward him on the wrong side of the median in his lane. The deputy pulled onto the median to avoid a collision and the driver of the car passed the deputy and stopped.”

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The deputy spoke to the driver, Payton Christensen, of Saratoga Springs, who had difficulty walking and had slurred speech, the news release said. Following field sobriety tests Christensen was arrested for DUI.  He was booked into jail on charges including DUI, possession of alcohol and tobacco by a minor, open container and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Christensen later submitted to tests at the jail and his alcohol level was .084, officials said. He was also found to have THC and methamphetamine in his system. Christensen also told the deputy he had “just finished smoking two bowls” of marijuana.

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