A Santaquin man was hospitalized after he crashed into a house in the community of Springlake, near Santaquin. Drugs were found in his car and he will be charged with felony DUI and other charges.
On Sunday, September 17, 2017, shortly before 8:30 AM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a crash in the area of 12700 South Spring Lake Road, just north of Santaquin. An Officer with Payson Police Department also responded. Deputies arrived and found that a car had driven off of Spring Lake Road and crashed into a house. The driver, Chad Ned Dunford, age 46, of Santaquin, was found in the driver's seat. Ambulance personnel with Payson Fire Department stabilized Dunford and transported him to Mountain View Hospital in Payson. He was later transferred to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. Dunford sustained broken ribs in the crash.
When Dunford was being taken to the hospital he told EMT's he had used heroin the previous night and had consumed alcohol. Dunford also had a used syringe cap in his mouth that he would not give to EMT's. While investigating the crash Deputies discovered evidence including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. They also found that Dunford's Utah driver license had a status of "revoked alcohol offense". His driver license also showed he is an alcohol restricted driver and is required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any car he drives. There was no ignition interlock device installed in the car Dunford was driving at the time of this crash. Additionally the car was not properly registered. At the hospital Dunford agreed to submit to blood and urine tests. The urine test was positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, opiates, and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
When Deputies checked Dunford's Utah Criminal History they discovered he had three prior convictions for DUI in 2001, 2015, and 2016. Two of those convictions were within the previous ten years, making this charge of DUI a 3rd degree felony. Dunford will also be charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on alcohol revoked driver license, unsafe lane travel, driving left of center, no vehicle registration. Because Dunford was hospitalized following his crash, and because of his injuries, he was not arrested, but will later receive a summons to appear in court to answer to these new charges. An additional charge of alcohol restricted driver may be added if the blood test shows Dunford also had alcohol in his system.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO