Car Rolls At Highway 87 And 260 Intersection In Front Of Officer

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A Payson Police sergeant happened to be at the right place at the right time Friday morning when he witnessed a suspected drunken driver lose control of a vehicle and roll it over.

The vehicle was speeding down Highway 260 when the driver lost control and rolled at the intersection of Highway 87 Jan. 6.

The driver and the passenger, both in their late 20s were flown to a Valley hospital after complaining of head and internal injuries, said Payson Police Sgt. John Heflin.

Police did not release their names.

According to Heflin, who was on duty at the time and witnessed the rollover, the female driver was speeding west on Highway 260 around 2:15 a.m. when she attempted to turn south at Highway 87 but lost control.

“I was near the Chapman center and saw the vehicle coming off of (Highway) 260,” Heflin said.

“I could tell right away when I saw them, because they were going at a fast rate of speed, that there was no way they were going to make the turn.”

The vehicle went into the gravel near Walgreens, hit the sidewalk turned 180 degrees, rolled and came to a stop on the median, south of the intersection, said Sgt. Rod Mamero.

When Heflin approached the vehicle, both occupants were unconscious and not wearing seat belts. Two helicopters were called in and flew the pair to Valley hospitals.

Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor after Heflin said he smelled alcohol coming from the car. Police are waiting on blood results.

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