Santaquin man charged with DUI after crashing into house


    Santaquin DUI. (File photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV) On the morning of September 18, a man crashed into a house in the community of Springlake, near Santaquin.

    The 46-year-old driver, Chad Ned Dunford, was found in the driver's seat.

    Ambulance personnel and the Payson Fire Department stabilized Dunford and transported him to Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

    He was later transferred to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo.

    Dunford sustained broken ribs in the crash.

    When Dunford was being taken to the hospital he told EMT's he had used heroin and alcohol the previous night.

    The man also had a used syringe cap in his mouth, which he wouldn't give to EMT's.

    While investigating the crash, Deputies found evidence including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

    It was also discovered that Dunford's Utah driver license had a status of "revoked alcohol offense." His driver license also showed he is an alcohol restricted driver, and is required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any car he drives.

    There was no ignition interlock device installed in the car he was driving at the time of the crash. Additionally, the car was not properly registered.

    At the hospital Dunford's urine and blood tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, opiates, and THC.

    Dunford has three prior convictions for DUI in 2001, 2015, and 2016.

    Because two of the aforementioned convictions took place within the previous ten years, this DUI charge will be a 3rd degree felony.

    Dunford will also be charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on alcohol revoked driver license, unsafe lane travel, driving left of center, and no vehicle registration.

    Because he was hospitalized following the crash, and due to his injuries, he was not arrested, but will later receive a summons to appear in court to answer to these charges.

    An additional charge of alcohol restricted driver may be added if the blood test shows Dunford also had alcohol in his system.

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