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Driver in fatal crash had blood alcohol level 5 times the legal limit, warrant says

Wrong-way DUI drivers could face felony charge. Adobe Stock photo

WEST JORDAN — A West Valley woman under investigation in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash in June was driving with a blood alcohol level nearly five times the legal limit at the time of the incident, according to court documents.

On June 16, at 12:45 a.m., Jacob Stewart Smith, 35, of West Jordan, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle making a left turn at 2036 W. 7800 South.

The driver of the other vehicle, Shelby Rae Goodman, 30, left the scene but was found a short time later in an apartment complex parking lot, according to a recent search warrant affidavit filed in 3rd District Court.

The arresting officer noted Goodman’s “speech was slowed and slurred” and he could detect an odor of alcohol on her breath, according to an earlier search warrant.

Goodman declined to take a field sobriety test and “stated she ‘drank too much,’ and ‘I’m not going to pass,’” according to the warrant, which also said Goodman “would not submit to any requested field sobriety test or portable breath test.”

An empty bottle of vodka was found in the vehicle, according to police.

Detectives did a blood draw on Goodman. The blood alcohol content registered at 0.24%, or nearly five times the legal limit of .05%, the new affidavit states.

Goodman was initially charged June 16 in West Jordan Justice Court with DUI, a class B misdemeanor. The case was dismissed four days later in anticipation that a felony charge would be filed in district court, according to court records. As of Monday, no new charge had been filed.

In 2015, Goodman was convicted of DUI and sentenced to two days in jail and one year of probation, according to court records.