Woman who killed two cyclists tells cops she ‘couldn’t stop pooing’ before crash
A woman who swerved her car into a bike lane, causing the deaths of two brothers who were in the area for a cycle race, has claimed she lost control of her vehicle because was “uncontrollably defecating”.
Julie Ann Budge, 47, was arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving after the incident in Washington County, Utah at around 2pm on Saturday (April 9).
However she told police officers that she suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the condition caused her to her to "defecate on herself without warning”.
It was because of this, she said, that she had suddenly swerved her Hyundai Genesis into the bike lane, fatally inuring the two men.
According to local reports, Budge knew the victims. She says she was unable to stop her car in time before it struck them.
Budge told officers she was driving from her home in Hurricane, around 15 miles away, when she "began to uncontrollably defecate on herself while driving, so she swerved," the arresting officer reported.
The arrest report continues: ”A witness at the scene of the accident stated that it appeared that Julie did not have the intention of stopping after hitting the two cyclists.
"The witness stated he followed Julie's vehicle until she pulled over and stopped several hundred yards away from the accident.”
The report also states that Budge had failed basic sobriety tests.
"At this time, I placed Julie under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence," the arresting officer added.
According to local news channel KUTV, she had undergone a procedure at a hospital on the previous day that involved being administered Fentanyl – a strong sedative – being administered intravenously.
Budge was arrested on suspicion of two counts of automobile homicide due to criminal negligence, both second-degree felonies; two counts of failure to remain at an accident involving death, both third-degree felonies; and two counts of Driving Under the Influence with serious bodily injury by negligent operation, both of which are third-degree felonies.
She is also facing a class B misdemeanour charge of reckless driving and an infraction for improper lane travel.
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