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Fruitland Man Gets A DUI In A Front-End Loader

Posted by Travis Uresk | May 17th, 2023 | Drugs |

By Travis Uresk


On 5/14/23, at around 8:00 pm, Deputy Woodhouse was traveling West on US-40 around mile marker 62 in the Fruitland area when he saw a Komatsu front-end loader heading East straddling the fog line.

The driver was hunched over in the seat, appearing very drowsy, and the loader was not maintaining a lane of travel and began moving toward the center of the road hitting the center line, then moving back outside the fog line.

Deputy Woodhouse turned around, watched the loader, and saw the driving pattern continue. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop on the loader at milepost 65.

The driver, identified as 58-year-old Cole C. Warner, stepped out of the loader and began walking to the Deputy's patrol vehicle. Deputy Woodhouse got out and addressed Cole asking him how he was doing and telling him to return to his vehicle.

Cole seemed intoxicated by some substance by showing signs of impairment. His pupils were small, his eyes were bouncing all over, and his speech was jumbled. The Deputy found it odd that Cole was very tired one minute and the next he was very awake.

Deputy Woodhouse explained to Cole why he had stopped him and asked him to submit to some field sobriety tests, where Cole showed signs of drug use. Cole submitted to a portable breath test which he tested negative for alcohol. Cole then voluntarily submitted to a urine sample where he tested positive for meth, marijuana, or ecstasy according to the test indications.

No drugs were found inside the loader.

Cole was transported to the hospital for a blood draw and then transported and booked into the Duchesne County Jail.

1 Comment

May 18, 2023

So there's instant urine drug tests the police can use on drivers? Interesting, I guess...🤔

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