JUAB COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 23, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials are releasing dash-cam video after a wrong-way freeway pursuit in Juab County Friday night.
“At 11:30 p.m., Richfield dispatch received multiple 911 calls of a wrong-way vehicle on I-15 near mile marker 228, north Nephi exit,” said a news release from the Utah Department of Public Safety. “The vehicle was traveling north in the southbound travel lane. Trooper Geoffrey Hall responded to the area and located a minivan facing the wrong way near mile marker 232; it was stopped on the edge of the southbound travel lane in the median.”
Hall, who was traveling north, cut through the median, pulling up to the minivan to make contact. At 11:46 p.m., the minivan drove away again, traveling north in the southbound travel lanes. Hall cut back to the northbound travel lanes and accelerated past the minivan, which was now traveling over 100 mph, the news release said.
Hall could see several cars traveling south and moved ahead of the van to try and warn oncoming cars, the news release said. The van passed the Mona exit and continued the wrong way.
“Trooper Hall went to the next cross over at mile marker 234, recognizing the threat to the public, and at 11:48 p.m. he pulled into the median and rammed the van when it approached,” the news release said. “The front of Trooper Hall’s patrol car impacted the front right of the minivan. The van was pushed off the roadway near the freeway fence.”
Officers from Nephi Police Department and Juab County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene seconds after and placed the driver, later identified as Cory Roy White, 43, into custody without incident.
Hall was uninjured in the crash; his car sustained major damage and all the airbags deployed, the news release said. White had some minor abrasions from flying debris during the collision. Both Hall and White were checked out by medical personnel on scene.
Below is a video of Hall’s ramming the wrong way vehicle and a clip from the trooper’s dash-cam showing the large amount of traffic that was southbound during the incident.
“Trooper Hall’s actions likely saved lives on this night,” the news release said.
A probable cause statement from the 4th District Court of Juab County said White is facing charges of:
- DUI with serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony
- Reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor
- Reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor
- Alcohol restricted driver, a class B misdemeanor
- Open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle, a class C misdemeanor
- Ignition interlock violation, a class C misdemeanor
- Drive on a suspended or revoked license, a class C misdemeanor
- Speeding, an infraction
- Drive on wrong side of roadway, an infraction
The arresting officer wrote in White’s probable cause statement: “I asked the driver why he driving the wrong way on the freeway. He said that he thought it was all a dream, and said that he thought the trooper was just trying to race him.”
The driver allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol, and when the vehicle was searched, an open container was found in the center console cup holder, the statement said. There was alcohol “sprayed all over the van, and was on the driver’s sweatshirt due to the crash,” the statement said. After the driver was checked out by medical staff, he requested that he be transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
A preliminary blood test showed negative for alcohol; a urine test showed positive for methamphetamine. The driver said that this will possibly be his third DUI, the statement said.
White was transported to Juab County Jail, where he’s being held without bail. He was on parole at the time of incident.