Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 7, 2015
Davis County man charged with felony DUI after leaving I-80 accident scene

A Davis County man faces criminal charges after allegedly causing a single-vehicle accident and leaving the scene on Interstate 80 early Saturday morning.

Ryan Atchison, 28, is charged with third-degree felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and leaving the scene of an accident and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. He was also cited for improper lane travel.

Atchison was driving a white car on eastbound I-80 around 3:19 a.m. when a fellow driver reported his vehicle was drifting between lanes and almost off the road at times, according to a probable cause statement. Witnesses also said the car nearly hit other vehicles as well.

Around mile marker 57, the car driven by Atchison ran off the road and crossed to the westbound travel lane, the statement said. Atchison’s car continued across westbound lanes and through a fence, according to witnesses.

According to the probable cause statement, the reporting party on the accident said Atchison said he was fine and not to the call police. He then got back in his car and drove eastbound on a frontage road near I-80, the statement said.

A Utah Highway Patrol officer located Atchison after driving down Alkaline Valley Road for several miles, near Lakeside Military Base, according to the probable cause statement. The officer noted headlights off the road and traveled down a dirt road where he discovered Atchison and his vehicle.

According to the officer, Atchison seemed confused and struggled with his speech. In the statement, the officer said Atchison handed him the car’s owner manual when asked for the vehicle registration and could not locate his insurance card, which was on the front passenger seat.

Officers saw Atchison put a small glass pipe in his pocket and when searched by police said he had smoked marijuana seven hours prior to the accident, according to the statement. While completing a roadside DUI test — which he failed according to the statement — Atchison later said it had been five hours prior.

After submitting to blood and urine drug tests, Atchison admitted to trying some crack cocaine before driving as well. The preliminary urine test was positive for narcotics, THC and opiates.

Atchison was transported to the Tooele County Detention Center and booked.  

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