Suspected DUI driver slams into 4 vehicles in Eagle Mountain

Posted at 9:16 PM, Aug 30, 2023

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — A man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and crashing into four other cars in Eagle Mountain Wednesday afternoon.

James R. Dumas, 40, faces one count of driving under the influence, criminal mischief and assault among other charges.

Police say at 1:09 p.m. Dumas was driving near Cory Wride Highway and drifted across the median and into the lane of oncoming traffic, striking four other cars.

All of the cars were significantly damaged and had to be towed away from the scene after the crash.

Shocking video captured by a nearby car shows the entire incident, with a white car seen plowing through traffic and debris flying across the road.

Dumas was taken by helicopter to a hospital, and an ambulance also transported one other person for minor injuries.

Police also say he was arrested earlier Wednesday morning at 1:32 a.m. for driving under the influence, refusing a chemical test, and an assault and criminal mischief related to domestic violence.

Several hours after being booked into jail early Wednesday, Dumas was able to get out and get his car back, officials explained.

Dumas also has two prior DUI convictions from 2003 and 2004, as well as aggravated assault, aggravated arson and drug-related convictions from 2008, Utah County officials report.

Traffic in the area was temporarily closed as an investigation and clean-up efforts were underway. The road was opened hours later.