Woman accused of hitting 2 pedestrians at WestFest, causing 3-car crash while fleeing

An 18-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after police say she hit two people with her car before fleeing the scene and causing a crash.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after police say she hit two people with her car before fleeing the scene and causing a crash. (West Valley police)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — An 18-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly hitting two people in the parking lot at WestFest while driving impaired, and then allegedly causing a three-car crash a short time later.

Sajaa Walid Abdullatef Ibrahim was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of more than a dozen charges including DUI, three counts of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in injury, failing to respond to an officer's signal to stop, failing to remain at an accident, interfering with an officer, assault by a prisoner, failing to disclose her identity to police, being an alcohol-restricted driver, not having an interlock ignition device in her car, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and having an open container of alcohol in her car.

About 11 p.m. Wednesday, police received reports of a red Hyundai hitting pedestrians in the parking lot at the WestFest carnival.

"The individual who hit them got out, checked on them to see if they were OK, and once they found out the police were coming, they jumped into the vehicle and fled," West Valley Police Lt. Robert Brinton said.

According to a police booking affidavit, two people in the group "were knocked to the ground and received non-life threatening 'road rash' type injuries."

Witnesses say Ibrahim was aware they were calling police when she drove off.

Officers spotted her vehicle as it left the parking lot onto 3100 South, heading east, where they attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle fled and officers didn't pursue for safety reasons. They watched as Ibrahim sped away "at a high rate of speed and began passing vehicles on the right side, traveling along the shoulder of the roadway," the affidavit states.

"That vehicle tried to make a turn at the intersection and ended up crashing into two other vehicles and then the driver fled on foot. We were able to set up containment and we ended up locating the driver," Brinton said. Ibrahim was found hiding behind a brick wall, according to police, who had to use "physical force ... to secure her into handcuffs."

The driver of one of the vehicles hit "was transported by ambulance and was not able to feel their legs," according to the affidavit. A second person was also taken to an area hospital. Both victims were determined to have minor injuries and were released a short time later, police stated.

Police say "multiple open and consumed cans of beer were located inside" Ibrahim's car. She was also taken to a local hospital after the crash before being booked into jail.

At the hospital, while in handcuffs, Ibrahim "attempted to bite and strike a nurse who was attempting to provide her with medical care," the affidavit states.

Police noted Ibrahim has a suspended driver's license due to a prior DUI conviction.

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