Drunken man arrested with 3 dozen open containers in vehicle, Sandy police say

Drunken man arrested with 3 dozen open containers in vehicle, Sandy police say

Sandy police say they recently arrested a drunken man driving with a blood-alcohol content more than five times the legal limit and with more than three dozen open containers in his car. (Sandy police)

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SANDY — Sandy police recently arrested a man who they say had 37 open containers in his car and failed field sobriety tests.

“We had a concerned citizen call in reporting a reckless driver, initially,” said Sandy Police Sgt. Greg Moffitt.

Moffitt said the caller reported the driver was having difficulty staying in his lane on July 27. When officers caught up to the car, it had just pulled off 700 East into a parking lot at 9300 South.

Officers detected the odor of alcohol from the driver and could see multiple open cans of alcoholic beverages inside the car, according to the sergeant.

A photo shared by Sandy police on Twitter as they described the incident shows about 35 cans of Vizzy, a brand of hard seltzer, as well as two other bottles that appear to be liquor containers. Moffitt confirmed the containers were found inside the man’s vehicle.

The man, 29, showed signs of impairment while performing field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.278% during a preliminary breath test, Moffitt said. That’s more than five times Utah’s legal limit of 0.05%.

The man was taken to the police station to receive a blood test and then was booked into Salt Lake County Jail.

Sandy police thanked the resident who reported the impaired driving incident.

Moffitt noted that police depend upon residents to help identify drunk drivers. Concerned citizens shouldn’t, however, take action and try to stop them on their own. Instead, they should try to get a license plate number and create distance between themselves and the driver of the other vehicle.

If one does plan to report a drunk driver, Moffitt recommends staying a safe distance behind the other vehicle so there’s time to react to hazards.

Information that will help police find the suspected drunk driver includes the driver’s direction of travel, their license plate number, anything they’re doing such as bumping into the curb or crossing traffic lines, and where you saw them. Once police officers arrive, it helps if the person who reported the impaired driver stays on scene to offer information as a witness, Moffitt said.

If the incident is happening on a city street, a witness can also pull off on a shoulder or a parking lot and keep an eye on the other driver, Moffitt noted. But on the freeway, it’s likely the safest for the witness to get off on the next exit and call 911.

It’s always a good idea to call police to report impaired drivers, he noted, as they are “incredibly dangerous” on the road.

Moffitt also urged people not to drink and drive, nor to drive while impaired for any other reason. While some might think “it won’t happen to them,” Moffitt said, referring to crashes, no one is a good driver while distracted or impaired.


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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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