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DUI suspect thought he was dreaming and that UHP trooper was trying to race him, police say

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Posted at 11:08 PM, Nov 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 23:38:26-05

JUAB COUNTY, Utah — A man was arrested Saturday after police say he drove on the wrong side of the freeway at speeds over 100 miles per hour while intoxicated.

The man, later identified as 43-year-old Cory Roy White, was reported driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Nephi late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

When a Utah Highway Patrol trooper, a Nephi Police officer and Juab County Sheriff's deputies responded, they said he was clocked at 110 mph at one point during the pursuit.

The UHP trooper eventually was able to perform a pit maneuver and stop the driver's van.

White told the officer that he thought he was dreaming, and "he thought the Trooper was just trying to race him," according to the arrest report.

The officer said he could smell alcohol on the driver and saw an open container in the cupholder.

A breath test was performed, but it did not detect alcohol. However, White agreed to a urine test, which came back positive for methamphetamine. A blood test was also taken, the results of which were sent to a lab for testing.

White was arrested on nine counts ranging from traffic infractions to felony-level offenses, including driving under the influence, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and having an open container of alcohol. He is being held without bail.

Check out the dashcam video from Trooper Geoffrey Hall's vehicle as he drives past the wrong-way driver, then pulls a U-turn just in time to stop the car.

Utah Highway Patrol trooper stops wrong-way driver at 100+ mph on I-15