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.