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2-Year-Old Injured when Meth-Using Dad Crashed UTV

A man from Utah is facing charges after he rolled his UTV while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, and his 2-year-old son was injured in the wreck.

On December 25, a man in Richfield was driving a UTV with a 2-year-old, 8-year-old, and 10-year-old as passengers. It was reported that the toddler was in the front seat with a regular seat belt on, and the older children were in the back wearing their seatbelts.

The man reported that his door opened. The UTV went sliding off the road, and he was ejected. When he attempted to get back on, the vehicle began to roll. Two people nearby saw the wreck and went over to try to assist. They notified the authorities. The pair worked to get the 2-year-old out from under the wreck, and when they retrieved him, they noticed his head was bleeding.

Deputies from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services workers went to the scene. They prepared to transport the child to the hospital by helicopter, and they believed the man suffered a broken collar bone. The other children had minor injuries.

When the deputies talked to the man, he allegedly told them he used methamphetamine about an hour before he drove the UTV. When he was taken to the hospital, they drew the man’s blood to see what was in his system at the time of the accident.

When he was released from the hospital, the man was taken into custody and booked into the Sevier County Jail. He is currently facing preliminary charges of one third-degree felony count of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in serious injury, two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of controlled substances with a passenger under the age of 16, and one felony and one misdemeanor count of drug possession. His bail was set at $7,500.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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