Drunken driver in hit-and-run was 6 times over legal limit, police say

SPRINGVILLE — Police arrested a man involved in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday who they say was also driving into oncoming traffic with a blood-alcohol content six times the legal limit.

Corey Neil Dance, 45, of Springville, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of DUI causing serious injury, failing to stop at the command of police, reckless driving, interfering with an arresting officer, and being an alcohol-restricted driver.

The investigation began with a hit-and-run crash that sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries, according to a police affidavit.

While responding to the crash, an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s car. The car was still being driven away from the scene despite having a flat tire and broken axle, police say.

The officer pulled Dance over, approached the vehicle and “commanded Dance to show his hands, but Dance put the vehicle back in drive and left the area,” the affidavit states.

Dance then ran a stop sign and “drove into oncoming traffic and almost collided with my vehicle at one point,” the officer wrote in the affidavit.

The vehicle was stopped in front of Dance’s residence. Officers pulled Dance out of his car, but he continued to resist arrest and “received a cut to his right eyebrow during the altercation,” the affidavit states.

He was given a breath test which registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.30%, or six times the legal limit, according to the report. Police say Dance admitted to drinking tequila earlier that day.

The officer noted in the affidavit that Dance has had 15 convictions stemming from 23 incidents, including being convicted of felony DUI in 2013. He has not had any new charges since 2016.