Head-On Collision Leads To Dui Arrest

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A Payson man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following the head-on collision he caused.

The accident was Friday night on Highway 260 in Payson.

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Robert Maclean of Payson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Friday night after he pulled his 1993 Lincoln (pictured) onto Highway 260 from the Fargo's parking lot and into the path of the 1995 Ford Windstar minivan being driven by Katie Lee Taylor of Clay Springs.

Following the accident, 58-year-old Robert Maclean was transported from the scene by ambulance to Payson Regional Medical Center. Also transported was Katie Lee Taylor, 21, of Clay Springs, the driver of the vehicle Maclean crashed into at 8:09 p.m. after exiting the Fargo's Steakhouse parking lot.

Both were released after being treated for minor lacerations and back pain, and Maclean was booked on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

According to Payson Police Lt. Don Engler, Maclean attempted to turn west as he pulled onto Highway 260 from the Fargo's parking lot. Maclean crossed the center line into the eastbound lane of Highway 260, however, and smashed into the minivan being driven by Taylor and carrying three juvenile passengers.

Because the front right corner of Maclean's vehicle rammed directly into the front right corner of Taylor's vehicle, the accident was not "a true head-on, as we usually think of it, but it was technically a head-on," Engler said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene with "considerable damage," the lieutenant added.

Maclean was released from Payson Jail after posting a $545 bond Saturday.

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