SALT LAKE CITY — A woman suspected of impaired driving was arrested Tuesday after police say she knocked down a street pole and hit two pedestrians.
Just before 10 a.m., a passenger car headed east on I-80 took the 1300 East off-ramp and drove through a metal pole at the top of the ramp used by pedestrians for crossing the street. Two panhandlers on the corner were injured in the incident, though Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Blaine Robbins said it was not initially clear if the men were hit by the falling pole or the moving car.
The men suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, said UHP Sgt. Todd Royce.
The woman, later identified as Murphy Jacobs, 29, continued through the intersection and onto the I-80 on-ramp, where she stopped and got out of her vehicle, police said.
"She didn't really have a lot of recollection to what had happened," Robbins said.
Jacobs, of Salt Lake City, was given field sobriety tests before being arrested for investigation of DUI. Robbins said investigators believe she was impaired by prescription medication, and not alcohol.
Police didn't release the names of the two men who were injured in the crash. It wasn't clear Tuesday how old the men are.