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Impaired Las Vegas driver hit 2 students in Hurricane, police say

A Las Vegas man was arrested in Hurricane for investigation of DUI after police say he hit and injured two high school students who were walking in a crosswalk.

A Las Vegas man was arrested in Hurricane for investigation of DUI after police say he hit and injured two high school students who were walking in a crosswalk. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



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HURRICANE —A man accused of hitting two Hurricane High School students in a crosswalk has been arrested and accused of driving while impaired.

David Chad Garner, 52, of Las Vegas, was arrested Tuesday for investigation of two counts of DUI causing serious injury, driving on a revoked license and refusing a blood draw.

Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, two high school girls were crossing State Street at 300 West in Hurricane in a crosswalk when they were hit by a pickup truck making a left turn, according to Hurricane police.

One girl was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in serious condition; the other was driven in a private vehicle to be checked out for a minor arm injury, police said.

The girl who was more seriously injured was hit "and landed under the truck, Mr. Garner drove over the victim's back, leaving truck tracks on the back of the victim," according to a police booking affidavit.

That girl suffered back and pelvis injuries. The ages of the two girls was not immediately known.

When officers requested that Garner perform field sobriety tests, he stated that "he would not do anything except an eye test," according to the affidavit,

The officer still noted in the arrest report that Garner showed signs of impairment and said was driving on a revoked license out of Nevada.

According to court records, Garner pleaded guilty in February to two cases of driving on a suspended or revoked license in Hurricane Justice Court for incidents in January and November 2020. He was ordered to pay fines in each case, court records indicate.

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