Utah Highway Patrolman Saves the Day

Near the end of my road is a memorial to a fallen Lehi City Policeman, who was gunned down.  It is a stark reminder of those who pay the ultimate price for safety. It has special meaning to us because my wife knew the officer. There are 3 of these memorials in the tiny city where I live.

Sometimes it seems  that the police are out to get us, John Q. Citizen, by giving an “undeserving” ticket. Most however are just trying to make us safer.

Just a few days ago less than a mile from my house a Utah Highway Patrolman saves the day by stopping a drunk driver driving the wrong way on the freeway by crashing into her head on.

A 19-year-old woman accused of crashing her car into a Utah Highway Patrol vehicle Wednesday night while driving the wrong way on I-15 had a blood-alcohol level two and a half times the legal limit, police say.

Hayley Arnell, of Riverton, (see booking photo here) was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of DUI, hit-and-run and several other charges. Police say she was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.202. –Deseret News

Just 12 hours prior to this event another wrong way driver was killed when he was hit by a semi  in Salt Lake City.

Dashboard Camera captures the whole thing…

In a side note…

On the same day as this incident the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals mocked the sacrifices of many by ruling that the white crosses with the officers name and agency are unconstitutional.

“The fact that all of the fallen UHP troopers are memorialized with a Christian symbol conveys the message that there is some connection between the UHP and Christianity,” the court wrote. “This may lead the reasonable observer to fear that Christians are likely to receive preferential treatment from the UHP €” both in their hiring practices and, more generally, in the treatment that people may expect to receive on Utah’s highways.” –Deseret News

My question about the ruling is what about Arlington National Cemetery?

The lawsuit was filed by two atheists from Texas. For the record I find this as grotesque as protesting a military funeral of someone killed in action. Do people not have shred of decency for the families who lost their love one?

The memorials are paid for by private funds but most are located on public property. I hope the State of Utah donates or sells a small section of the land for each memorial to the families of the fallen.

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  1. Wow.. Amazing video. Scary to think that I was driving South 10 min before this happened.rn He saved some lives that night.

  2. FJ, that trooper was hardcore…. They were both going very fast. On your side note, I am very sad to see that. So does that means soldiers/officiers/anyone can’t be buried with a cross unless they have a different religion recorded? Boy I guess we can’t show the unknown soldier any respect even if its inaccurate. People are so petty these days. NoEvil

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