SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A former popular Utah news anchor was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol twice in two days.
According to arresting documents, Hope Woodside, 57, was arrested on March 29 after dispatch received a complaint that she was suspected of drinking and driving in the Jeremy Ranch area.
Deputies with the Summit County Sheriff located Woodside as she was driving and observed her traveling along the shoulder of the roadway and making a right-hand turn without signaling.
During contact with Woodside, the deputy said he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from her car.
According to the arresting document, Woodside refused to take a breathalizer, so a field test was conducted, which the deputy said she failed.
In a search of her car, officers found a soda can with approximately 1/4th full of alcohol and a bottle of wine was located behind the front passenger seat on the floor.
Woodside admitted to the deputy to consuming alcohol while driving, documents state.
Woodside was booked into the Summit County Jail and is facing charges of DUI, open container and failure to signal.
The next day, just before 11 p.m. troopers were dispatched to I-80 west near the Jeremy Ranch exit on a report of a vehicle that had run off the road.
When the trooper arrived, he found a witness who told him the driver was now in the back seat of the car.
Documents state Woodside told the trooper another car had swerved which caused her to crash into the snowbank.
The trooper said when Woodside exited the vehicle, she stumbled and struggled to maintain her balance and her eyes were red and glossy.
The trooper said Woodside could not hold a steady breath to do the BAC test so she performed a field sobriety test, which she failed.
During a search of her car, the trooper found an open container of alcohol.
She was booked into the Summit County Jail and is facing additional charges of DUI, open container and failure to operate in a single lane.
Documents state there is prior history of complaints against Woodside of driving under the influence.
Woodside was a news anchor for Fox 13 for more than 20 years and had worked in the industry for 35. She made the decision to leave her job at Fox 13 in September 2018.