Charges filed against driver in May rollover on S.R. 224
November 2, 2018
Charges were filed Friday against a man who, authorities say, rear-ended another vehicle in May on S.R. 224 while driving approximately twice the speed limit.
William Russell Patton, 24, of Salt Lake City, was charged in Summit County's 3rd District Court with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving, both class B misdemeanors. A class B misdemeanor is punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Patton was not in custody. Prosecutors say Patton was the driver of a Porsche Cayenne that caused a serious accident on S.R. 224 on May 23. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the Porsche Cayenne was traveling northbound when a Park City Police Department officer witnessed the vehicle speeding and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle was going too fast for the officer to pull it over, however, and a pursuit was not initiated.
The Porsche later crashed into the rear of a Subaru and rolled. Witnesses reported to the authorities that the vehicle was traveling 90 to 100 mph at the time of the accident. The posted speed limit on that stretch of road is 45 miles per hour.
Patton was transported via medical helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray at the time of the accident. He was the only person in the vehicle. A driver and passenger in the Subaru were uninjured.
The incident caused major delays for commuters, and there was interest in whether criminal charges would be filed given the highly visible location of the crash.
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The Summit County Attorney's Office did not receive the case until late September from the Park City Police Department. Margaret Olson, county attorney, declined to comment on why it took several months for charges to be filed.
A sergeant with the Park City Police Department said in June the crash was still under investigation pending lab results. No further information was released about the case.
Patton is scheduled to appear at the Summit County Justice Center on the charges on Dec. 10.
The charges are the latest against Patton, who has a criminal history that includes guilty pleas to robbery and possession of controlled substances dating back to 2013. According to court documents, he was most recently charged in the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County in January with robbery, criminal mischief and slew of other charges. He entered into a plea in abeyance to two of the charges and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other four counts.
A motion was filed in June to revoke Patton's plea in abeyance. A pretrial is scheduled in that case for Nov. 5.
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