Police arrest man for metabolite DUI after rear-end collision

An accident on Dixie Drive at Sunset Blvd. sent one to the hospital, St. George, Utah, August 14, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Police arrested a man at the hospital where he had been transported after driving under the influence colliding with a truck stopped at a red light Friday morning.

An accident on Dixie Drive at Sunset Blvd. sent one to the hospital, August 14, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Rear-end accident on Dixie Drive at Sunset Boulevard, St. George, Utah, August 14, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

About 10:45 a.m. a Dodge truck was northbound on Dixie Drive, stopped at the stoplight at Sunset Boulevard when a Mercury automobile ran into the truck from behind, nearly pushing it into the intersection. .

“I was sitting at the limit line of the crosswalk,” St. George resident Sterling Wulff, who was driving the truck, said, “when all of a sudden, just a major chaotic smash from behind pushed me forward into the crosswalk.”

The driver of the Mercury was arrested for driving under the influence of a metabolite, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, adding that a metabolite means something other than alcohol.

“There was something in this guy’s system that made him impaired to the point that he should not have been operating a vehicle,” Despain said.

The Mercury driver was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he was arrested; his name has not been released pending booking.

The Mercury had to be towed from the scene, while the truck had only minor damage and Wulff drove it away.

Traffic was slowed for about 45 minutes while the accident was investigated and cleaned up.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • ladybugavenger August 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Okay, I have to admit I had to Google metabolite dui. So, this could mean the person smoked Marijuana 20 days ago and because it shows he has the in his system he has a controlled substance in his system and got a metabolite dui? Easy defense

  • Dexter August 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Actually he had used a rear ending metabolite substance previously to any back side contact. Which in turn had caused the non frontal entanglement of the 2 automobiles involved in the situation… as reported by the officiating officials of law enforcement investigative personnel… as reported

    • Real Life August 15, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Yet more comedy gold. This guy is comedic genius. Shut up stupid.

      • Dexter August 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

        real snappy comeback REAL LIFE VILLAGE IDIOT you’re a real comedic genius. Shut up stupid

  • beentheredonethat August 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    “A major chaotic smash” said officer drama queen.

  • 42214 August 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Bottom line, one less jerk on the road to endanger innocent citizens.

  • Dexter August 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Well 2 less idiots REAL LIFE VILLAGE IDIOT is at home

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