ST. GEORGE – A member of Washington County Sheriff’s Office involved in a DUI accident last month has resigned from the agency.
WCSO Lt. Jason “Jake” Adams delivered a letter of resignation which was accepted by the county sheriff, Washington County Sheriff Detective Nate Abbott confirmed Wednesday.
Adams had been placed on administrative leave following a rollover accident on state Route 17 at mile post 1.5, Feb. 9, which resulted in Adams being arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol for drunk driving.
Adams had been driving a Washington County Sheriff’s truck with four of his children inside. They also had a number of firearms in the truck as they were headed to a gun range. While traveling to the range the truck began to drift off the road, over-corrected, and ended up going off the road and down an embankment, ultimately landing on its top.
Everyone was wearing a seatbelt and experienced only minor injuries. No one required medical transport.
According to the probable cause statement, a responding UHP trooper observed Adams being “very unsteady on his feet” and “unable to maintain his balance” while walking to the trooper’s vehicle. Once inside the vehicle the trooper advised Adams he could smell alcohol on his breath. He was arrested after failing a sobriety test.
Adams has been charged with one class-A misdemeanor for driving under the influence of alcohol and one class-C misdemeanor for failing to operate a vehicle in a single lane.
An arraignment hearing for Adams has been scheduled for March 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington County Fifth District Court.
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