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Ogden crash kills 1; suspected repeat DUI driver arrested

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jan 18, 2022

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OGDEN — A passenger was killed early Tuesday when a car ran off a street and crashed, and police arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI and other charges.

Employees at Walmart told police they saw a man bleeding from the head in the parking lot at about 12:45 a.m. and he pointed to a field behind the store. There, in the 300 west block of 21st Street, a car had crashed into a concrete barrier and plowed through a fence and down an embankment, according to an Ogden police probable cause statement.

The backseat passenger was dead at the scene and the driver and front seat passenger were taken to a hospital, the affidavit said. Police Lt. William Farr said later Tuesday further information about the fatality victim was not available.

Police arrested Ulises Jonathan Chavez, 25, of Brigham City, on suspicion of second-degree felony DUI automobile homicide, third-degree felony DUI with serious bodily injury and misdemeanor alcohol restricted driving, ignition interlock violation and driving on a suspended license.

Ogden Justice Court records show that an arrest warrant was active for Chavez for failing to complete probation ordered after a 2020 DUI conviction and for failing to appear in court. He pleaded guilty in November 2020 to class B misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to a 180-day suspended jail sentence, an $1,800 fine and 50 hours of community service.

In Tuesday’s arrest affidavit, police said Chavez and the surviving passenger told officers they had been at local bars and were returning home when the crash occurred. The passenger remained at the hospital to receive treatment for various injuries and Chavez was taken to the Weber County Jail, where he was held without bail.

The affidavit said Chavez was the only occupant of the car who was wearing a seat belt.

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