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Man arrested in southern Utah DUI was driving 99 mph, police say

A man was arrested in a DUI case Sunday after San Juan County sheriff's deputies say he was traveling 99 mph while he was also four times over the legal alcohol limit.

A man was arrested in a DUI case Sunday after San Juan County sheriff's deputies say he was traveling 99 mph while he was also four times over the legal alcohol limit. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



MONTICELLO — A man who police say was driving nearly 100 mph while his blood-alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit was arrested in San Juan County on Sunday.

The 25-year-old man was spotted going 99 mph on state Route 191 by a San Juan County sheriff's deputy, according to a police booking affidavit. The arresting deputy, after getting the man to pull over, "could immediately smell the odor of alcohol coming from the inside of the vehicle and I could see an open can of beer sitting in the center console."

The driver immediately admitted he had been drinking and said he had had "too much," the affidavit states.

The deputy said the driver was not able to complete field sobriety tests. When the deputy had the man attempt to balance on one leg, he "just stared at me and his feet with a blank look on his face. I showed him what I wanted him to do and (he) attempted to copy me but he couldn't keep his balance," according to the affidavit.

Several open containers of alcohol were found in the vehicle, the arrest report says, and the driver was given a Breathaylzyer test and his blood-alcohol measured at .228%, or more than four times the legal limit.

He was arrested for investigation of DUI and having a passenger under 18 with him, having an open container, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and speeding.

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