Woman Passes Out In Middle Of Highway 87


Motorists barely missed striking a woman laying in Highway 87 Thursday night.

At least four stopped to help the unconscious woman, several using their vehicles to block traffic and keep her from getting run over.

Concerned motorists Amber Marshall and Joanna Conlin were some of the first to stop. Both believed the woman might have been the victim of a hit and run.

Conlin said she was heading north on 87 when she spotted a body lying in the middle of the road out front of Wendy’s.

She said she slammed on her breaks, threw on her emergency lights and ran out to render aid. A former paramedic, Conlin said the woman was unconscious and bruised up, but breathing.

Paramedics took the woman to the hospital were she was later released into police custody.

Turns out the woman, 52-year-old Pamela Hayes, of Payson, had passed out drunk in the road, said Police Chief Don Engler.

Lucky for her she had not been struck. Officers did arrest her on a charge of obstructing a thoroughfare and booked her into the Payson Jail.

“She probably had way too much to drink,” Engler said.


Kelly Watts 4 years, 1 month ago

She said she slammed on her breaks,

In this case it is BRAKES!


Kim Chittick 4 years, 1 month ago

If it was merely a matter of her being drunk, why was she "bruised up"? Were any sobriety tests administered? How was the determination made that she "had way too much to drink"? It seems to me that the salacious details should have been withheld pending final results of blood tests. Either that or her name should not have been released.

Kelly, I too, noted the use of "breaks", for "brakes" and I am completely perplexed as to how these journalists managed to graduate with a degree in journalism. I would dearly love to write for a living, and I would most certainly NEVER rely on spell check. In my opinion, the incorrect word usage, as well as the sloppy verbiage, relegated this story to the level of a junior high school writer, not a professional journalist, who gets paid to write. Were this paper a daily, this type of error would be a bit more easily acceptable as deadline constraints would hamper a writers "cushion" for proofreading; however, as it is only published twice weekly, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for the types of errors that this writer makes. It is very disappointing, as well as frustrating.


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