COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (News4Utah) – A grandmother and her grandson were arrested for Driving Under the Influence when their car almost hit a jogger after it went off the road, crashing into a home, police say.
According to Cottonwood Heights Police, at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Vickie Robinson, who was driving just over the legal alcohol limit, was going westbound on Fort Union Boulevard near 2800 East before the incident happened. Police say she was arguing with her grandson Alexander, when all-of-a-sudden, things escalated.
Sgt. Gary Young with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department told News4Utah that Alexander, who was nearly three times over the legal drinking limit, grabbed the steering wheel and caused the vehicle to leave the road.
Because of Alexander’s actions, police say the car left the roadway, then almost hit a jogger before plowing into a fence and into the side of a home.
“The jogger, who was a witness to the incident, indicated that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed which caused her to watch the vehicle as it was coming toward her,” said Sgt. Young. “When it suddenly veered toward her, she just jumped out of the way.”
The car lost momentum and came to a stop before it could cause any serious damage.
“Had it been going a little bit faster, it probably would have gone into the window of the home because it’s a fairly large window well. The daughter was sleeping right underneath that point where the glass is, or the window is,” Young said.
Sgt. Young said this serves as a reminder not to get behind the wheel after drinking.
DUI Accident 2800 E Fort Union. Grandma and grandson both intoxicated and arguing while driving west on Fort Union. Grandson got mad, yanked the wheel causing them to go over the sidewalk and miss a pedestrian by just a foot or two. pic.twitter.com/OmPld2eq63— CH Police (@CHPolice) April 12, 2018