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Police Pull Suspected Drunk-Driver Out Of Burning Vehicle After Crash

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Police Pull Suspected Drunk-Driver Out Of Burning Vehicle After Crash

This is the shocking moment police in the US pulled a bloodied suspected drunk-driver out of his car after he drove off an overpass.


The incident took place near Orem in Utah at around 8.30am on 18 March, with local reporting the alleged drink-driver had crashed into a FedEx vehicle while attempting to flee police.

Bodycam footage caught the moment cops pulled the man out of the passenger side of the vehicle after it crashed.


Sergeant Spencer Cannon, from Utah's County Sheriff's Office, said the driver, who has since been named as Dustin Scott Butterfield, was spotted by an officer speeding past a school bus full of kids with its stop sign showing.

Credit: @OremDPS/Newsflash
Credit: @OremDPS/Newsflash

He said: "Just a short time after passing that school bus, the driver of the vehicle lost control and went over a steep embankment."

The Orem Police Department said on Facebook: "Officers were dispatched to the report of a hit-and-run that had occurred.


"The person who reported the crash was following the vehicle that had left the scene.

"As it was travelling across the overpass on Center Street, it left the roadway and crashed to the ground below, hitting the fence next to the train tracks."

Officers Halladay, Harrison and Bybee arrived at the scene and found the car on fire.

They rushed towards the vehicle and heroically set about pulling the driver, who was hanging out the window of the passenger side, to safety.


Police have said the man sustained a broken leg and other injuries in the smash.

Credit: @OremDPS/Newsflash
Credit: @OremDPS/Newsflash

He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken into hospital.

Cannon added: "We have learned since that he had consumed alcohol. We believe he was impaired and he's going to be charged with DUI [driving under the influence].


"He has multiple convictions for felony DUI, and multiple convictions for felony evading."

Elsewhere in the US, police in Oregon believe they may have recorded the highest ever alcohol breath-test after a drunk driver was found nine times over the limit.

The hit-and-run suspect was breathalysed by cops on 20 February after they noted that the driver appeared to be 'highly intoxicated'.

At first, the 28-year-old man refused to pull over when cops attempted to make a traffic stop leading to a short chase.

Credit: Warm Spring Police Department
Credit: Warm Spring Police Department

In a statement, Warm Spring Police Department said: "The driver's blood alcohol content was 0.77 percent which is more than nine times the legal limit.

"The driver was also suspended in the State of Oregon through the Department of Motor Vehicles at a misdemeanour level (DUII).

"The driver was taken to the hospital to be medically evaluated.

"Criminal charges are pending."

Featured Image Credit: @OremDPS/Newsflash

Topics: US News, crime

Claire Reid
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