Washington County woman ejected from vehicle after high-speed pursuit

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 25, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspected drunk driver was critically injured Thursday night after rolling her vehicle during a 120 m.p.h. police chase in Washington County.

According to sheriff deputies at the crash site, the suspect — a 44-year-old Washington County resident — was thrown from her vehicle and was in grave condition before being rushed to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

The chase began when the woman reportedly struck a light pole in Washington City about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

“She fled after hitting a light pole, and an attempt to locate was put out for the vehicle,”  said WCSO Deputy Graham Hancock.

According to the police radio transmission, the woman reached an estimated speed of 120 mph, and was driving on two flat tires prior to the rollover.

“She was on I-15 southbound, and the vehicle exited on 2, and went east on State Route 7,” Hancock said. “She drove over the median, and the vehicle then began to lose control due to the tires of the vehicle being disabled.

“At that time, the driver was ejected from the vehicle,” Hancock said.

She was admitted to the hospital as a “Trauma 1.”

Hancock said the woman was given a blood-alcohol level test after a warrant was issued.

The results are not yet known, Hancock said.

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