A brave Utah Highway Patrol Trooper intentionally crashed into a wrong-way driver who was drunk and high on drugs Monday night around 11:00 p.m.
The dramatic dash camera video shows UHP Trooper Jon Stanford approaching the oncoming vehicle, slow down, then hit the gas and sideswipe the inebriated driver in order to stop him.
The risky maneuver paid off, and habitual DUI offender, 37-year-old Brad Shay Blackner’s vehicle came to a stop. Blackner blew a 0.15 blood alcohol content and was found with a grinder with white powder, anti-depressant pills, sleeping pills and rolled up dollar bills with white residue on them.
According to the police report, after failing field sobriety tests, Blackner “claimed to be clean from heroin and cocaine for five days.”
Trooper Stanford was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for a minor knee injury.
Blackner had 3 prior convictions for DUI and was charged with numerous offenses in this incident. The charges include having prescription medication in an unlabeled bottle, open container, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without an ignition interlock device, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and having no registration.
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