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Deputy pulls over car, discovers injured woman, drugs inside

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — A deputy who pulled over a car that witnesses reported had been driven recklessly, unexpectedly discovered a severely injured woman and drugs inside, police say.

Motorists called 911 to report a vehicle traveling recklessly on state Route 73 just before noon on Sunday that was passing numerous cars, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon. When a deputy spotted the Dodge pickup traveling nearly 90 mph in a 55 mph zone, he pulled the vehicle over.

Inside, he found Tammy Lynn Huish, 46, of West Jordan, who had suffered a broken femur and possible broken hip and collar bone in an ATV accident in Five Mile Canyon.

Rather than call 911, her friends apparently decided to drive her to a hospital themselves after the ATV crash. Details about the accident were still being investigated Sunday.

"They should have called 911 where they were. Driving that way, moving her without the proper equipment … probably wasn't a good idea. But ultimately she got good medical care," Cannon said.

A medical helicopter was called to the scene and it took Huish to Intermountain Medical Center.

Investigators also found numerous containers of open alcohol in the vehicle, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Cannon said. A passenger in the vehicle, Gary Glenn Winham, 47, of San Bernardino, California, claimed the items were his, Cannon said. He was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of drug-related charges.

The driver, Ernest Ronald Holland, 56, of West Jordan, whom deputies believe was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was cited for having an open container in his vehicle.

Huish also had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest for theft. Cannon said the warrant would be addressed after she is released from the hospital. According to court records, Huish has a history of drug-related arrests dating back to the late 1980s.

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