Public Safety Report
Dec. 3, 2009
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Three injured in ATV rollovers

A Highland, Utah woman received back injuries Nov. 26 when the ATV she was riding rolled backwards and landed on top of her as she was attempting to climb a steep slickrock section of Hell’s Revenge Trail.

The accident occurred at about 3:38 p.m., according to a report from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department. Emergency medical personnel and Grand County Search and Rescue workers located the 27-year-old woman, who complained of back pain, and transported her to a waiting helicopter. She was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. for treatment.

The previous day, an Idaho man received injuries to his face when his ATV rolled at almost the same spot, according to Grand County Chief Deputy Sheriff Curt Brewer. The man, 58, from Idaho Falls, crashed at about 2:45 as he was climbing a steep section of slickrock near an area known as the “black hole.” He was transported by search and rescue workers to an ambulance and taken to Allen Memorial Hospital. He was then transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for further treatment, according to the sheriff’s department report.

Several days earlier in the same area, a 24-year-old woman suffered lacerations to her eye and face and injuries to her back and arm after her ATV rolled backward, Brewer said.

All three accidents occurred between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., and investigators believe the drivers’ vision may have been affected by the steepness of the trail and the sun, Brewer said.

Base jumper injured near Mineral Bottom

A Colorado man who was base jumping in the area of Mineral Bottom was injured Nov. 29 when his parachute malfunctioned and failed to properly open.

The man, 34, of Denver, told police he fell approximately 100 to 150 feet, according to a report from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department. Both of his ankles were broken in the fall, according to the report.

He was evacuated from the area by Grand County emergency medical personnel and Grand County Search and Rescue workers and transported to Allen Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to the report.

Man injured in paragliding accident

A Moab man received injuries to his legs, arms and back as well as internal injuries after crashing his paraglider into a hillside near the top of Mineral Bottom Canyon.

The man, 37, was believed to have broken his back, one leg and an arm, according to a report from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department.

He was attended at the scene by Grand County emergency medical personnel and then transported by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. for further treatment. Park service rangers from Island In The Sky National Park also assisted in the rescue, according to the report.

Man arrested for DUI

A Moab man was arrested Nov. 23 after a Moab City Police officer observed him driving erratically and stopped the vehicle. The officer reported seeing the vehicle that the man was driving veer off the side of the roadway on 500 West near the Grand Center, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the odor of alcohol on the driver, according to the report.

The man, 31, failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the report.

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