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    Woman injured, man arrested for DUI in Pritchett Canyon incident

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    A Grand County deputy arrested a man on a felony charge of DUI with serious bodily injury by negligent operation after responding to Pritchett Canyon at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12.

    The deputy responded to the campground in response to an unconscious woman who had an “indented and bleeding” skull.

    The deputy in his affidavit of probable cause said he was told by the people who were present that the woman had fallen and hit her head. After EMS transported the woman to Moab Regional Hospital, the deputy learned the woman’s injury was the result of being ejected from a RZR ATV.

    The deputy interviewed the alleged RZR operator, Johna Ent, 30, hometown unknown, at the hospital. The deputy said he smelled alcohol on Ent, who reportedly admitted to drinking. After initially telling the deputy the woman was hurt after falling while running, he reportedly said he was driving the RZR when it “fishtailed” while entering the canyon.

    He drove another 150 yards to the top of a hill and parked, he said, when he realized his girlfriend was no longer in the vehicle.

    The woman, age unknown, was eventually life-flighted to another hospital in critical condition.

    The deputy said Ent refused to be tested for DUI and refused to provide a blood sample after he was arrested.

    A judge signed a warrant to obtain the blood.

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