High Speed Chase Leads to DUI Arrest

According to a report, the Centerville police went after a woman driver who was driving on Legacy Highway at nearly 100 miles per hour in the wrong direction last Saturday. The woman was identified by the report as Vickie Lynn Diamond, 36 years of age. Diamond was driving a silver Chrysler 300 when she passed by a Centerville police sergeant who was on his way home at around 2 a.m. according to Assistant Chief Paul Child of the Centerville police. Allegedly, the Chrysler had been traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 89 when it entered Legacy Highway and continued to go in the wrong direction. The report added that police had to shut down traffic in the northbound lanes on Parrish Lane in Centerville and 500 South in Woods Cross. It was also disclosed that officers deployed road spikes just north of Parrish Lane and a roadblock was set up at 1275 North in Centerville. Salt Lake Unified Police stated that the high-speed chase went through Salt Lake City and eventually ended when the suspect was already in custody. Diamond was reported to have passed five other cars while traveling the wrong way between Farmington and Centerville—it was fortunate that no accident resulted from the situation. Assistant Chief Paul Child of the Centerville police stated that Diamond allegedly left a bar called Liquid Joe’s shortly before the chase. Child added that Diamond was found to have an alcohol concentration of .168. This alcohol concentration was determined through a breath test performed an hour after she had encountered the authorities. The report added that she was arrested on...

Drunk Driving Incident Ends in Tragedy

At 8:32 pm Saturday night in Taylorsville, a man driving a pickup truck slammed into the back of the Thurber’s car as Matt, Holden, and Zane Thurber waited at the red light in the intersection of 5400 south and 1300 west.  The crash ended in the tragic death of three-year-old Zane Thurber, and injured his six-year-old brother Matt and his father, Holden. Moments before the crash, police received several calls and complaints of a reckless driver, but before they could locate the driver, the crash had already occurred.  By the time they arrived at the scene, Police found that five cars had been involved in the crash and that the reckless driver who caused it was Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 45, from Kearns.  “After the crash, he got out of the car and tried to blend in with the crowd that was around helping,” Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said. “A citizen grabbed onto him and held him until officers arrived and took him into custody.” According to the police reports for probable cause, witnesses claimed Guinea “definitely smelled like a bar” and was too impaired to give his name and social security number when prompted by the Police. He was only identified by a Utah Driver’s Privilege card found on Guinea’s person. Unified police have reportedly arrested Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 45, from Kearns, and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. While police take care of the investigation, it is important that we keep Zane Thurber, as seen in the picture on the right,...
Plea Deal for DUI Driver

Plea Deal for DUI Driver

A man, who was identified by reports as Ramiro Hernandez, has taken a plea deal in connection with his involvement in the death of Ashlee Zimmer in August of last year. Ramirez was accused of hitting and killing an Orem woman while driving drunk. According to authorities, he was driving with an expired Utah driving privilege card early Sunday morning when he veered off the road and hit the woman who was sitting on the curb next to a parked car at 844 N. 100 West in Orem at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. He hit a parked car prior to hitting Zimmer and proceeded to crash into a fence. According to police reports, Hernandez fled the scene of the crash. He was later found hiding behind a garbage receptacle a few blocks away when found by authorities. It has been disclosed that Hernandez was charged with automobile homicide while Driving Under the Influence, which is classified as a second-degree felony; failure to remain at an accident involving death, a third-degree felony; an accident involving property damage, a class B misdemeanor; and driving without a valid license, a class C misdemeanor. According to the report, Hernandez recently pleaded guilty to automobile homicide by DUI, a second-degree felony, and, in exchange for the guilty plea, the remaining three charges against him were dropped. This is not the first time that Hernandez has been cited for an alcohol-related incident. One day before the fatal accident, he was cited for intoxication and disorderly conduct. The report added that Hernandez wasn’t taken into custody at that time because he wasn’t driving. Reports...

Driver Critically Hurt After Crashing Into UHP Vehicle

A man involved in an accident on Monday near Parowan, Utah was reportedly flown to a hospital in critical condition. According to the report the man was driving a pickup truck that was headed northbound on I-15 when it veered into the median side of a lane occupied by Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Bauer’s patrol vehicle and a wrecker. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said that Bauer was investigating a previous crash that had taken place near Parowan. Royce stated that the pickup side-swiped Bauer’s car along the passenger side then hit the tilt bed of the wrecker, which caused the pickup to roll several times until it came to a halt in the median. The driver was critically injured with severe head trauma. Royce said he was flown via helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital. The report added that Royce said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash. UHP Sgt. Ryan Bauer was inside the patrol car at the time of the crash but was not seriously injured. Christensen &Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of the man involved in this accident. We remind everyone to avoid driving while impaired or distracted. Fatal accidents can happen to anyone, by simply taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds. Pedestrians, people inside parked cars and those standing outside their parked-vehicles are also advised to be on the alert for speeding vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles might become distracted and can suddenly veer towards your direction and catch you unaware. This holiday season is a time for many celebrations. We hope that those involved...

Ethan Couch gets 10 years’ Probation for Drunk Driving

The verdict given to a Texas teenager, Ethan Couch was a source of disappointment to the families of accident victims. For them, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead. The judge had given Couch ten years’ probation sentence and no jail time explaining that he is in need of treatment. The defendant psychologist called him the product of “affluenza” literally translated as a product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy. The two victims were identified as Hollie Boyles and daughter, Shelby. The report added that they left their home to help Breanna Mitchell, whose SUV had broken down. Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, was driving past and also stopped to help. It was disclosed that all four individuals were killed when the teen’s pickup plowed into the pedestrians on a road in Burleson, south of Fort Worth. Couch’s vehicle also struck a parked car, which then slid into another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. Two people riding in the bed of the teen’s pickup were tossed in the crash and severely injured. One is no longer able to move or talk because of a brain injury, while the other suffered internal injuries and broken bones. The accident primarily occurred after Couch and some friends stole beer from a local Walmart last June 15. It was reported by the district attorney’s office that three hours after the crash, tests showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit. The families of the victims believe that...

Driver Hits and Drags Phone Pole

A man suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol allegedly hit and dragged a phone pole, and as a result made a mess as he fled from the police on 4500 South. The car used by the suspect was reported stolen. The accident was reported to have occurred late Sunday night on 4500 South near 1500 East. Police authorities stated that the driver then turned around and drove the other direction on 4500 South, dragging the mess from the telephone pole along with him. Police disclosed that the car stalled several blocks away and for no apparent reason the man used a rock he took from inside the car to break the car’s passenger side window. The suspect then crawled out from the car through the window he had smashed open. The report added that an officer spotted the suspect and chased him for nearly two blocks before using a Taser on him. Officers upon investigation found out that the driver’s side door was not damaged and could have been used. They do not know the reasons why the suspect had to break the passenger side window in order to get out from the car. The suspect identified as Richard Messina, could now face charges of resisting arrest, DUI, driving a stolen vehicle and hit-and-run. 4500 South was closed for several hours to allow crews to clean up the mess. Christensen & Hymas is glad that no one was injured in this accident. Sometimes the unexplained behavior of a person behind the wheel can have disastrous consequences. If you have been injured by the reckless driving of another, call...