Payson Senior Apartments residents got a rude wake-up call last Friday when an allegedly impaired man missed his turn and drove his truck onto a resident’s patio.
Police arrested Garrette Seeyouma, 27, of Mesa, on a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident with DUI charges pending, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.
This is the third time since 2005 that a driver has missed the sharp turn on Wade Lane and gone onto the apartment complex’s property instead, said Cindy Schnepp, property manager.
Schnepp said she has asked the town repeatedly to install guardrails, but town officials said that due to budget constraints they had no money for such a project.
“People need to slow down,” she said.
On Aug. 26, Seeyouma was reportedly driving on Wade Lane when he lost control and went straight instead of turning.
His truck hit an embankment and went airborne, taking out two trees and stopping in a resident’s patio. Luckily, the woman who lives in the apartment was on vacation at the time.
Seeyouma fled from the scene, but was eventually caught by officers near the administration building at Payson High School.
Seeyouma sustained serious injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital.
In 2005, Schnepp said another motorist missed the curve and plowed into some trees. Then last year, a truck tipped over on the curve after hitting ice.
Schnepp said she hopes this accident brings some action from the town.