CEDAR CITY – Cedar City Police responded to a one-car accident Monday evening in the parking lot of the Little League Baseball Complex, 300 E. 275 North. An initial investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle was off-duty Cedar City Police Officer Jed Prisbey Imlay. Further investigation revealed Imlay was under the influence of alcohol when he hit a decorative block wall.
“There was a child with him,” Cedar City Police Chief Bob Allinson said. “At least, that’s what was alleged at the time.”
Allinson said witnesses at the scene reported they saw a child in the vehicle with Imlay, who allegedly left the scene after colliding with the block wall. An on-duty sergeant drove to Imlay’s home and saw the damaged vehicle parked at his house. Imlay was taken into custody at his home.
“That’s when we call Highway Patrol,” Allinson said, “to get an outside agency to investigate the accident itself.”
Utah Highway Patrol was called in to the handle the crash. A statement from UHP, released Tuesday, said the Iron County Attorney will turn the case over to an outside prosecuting agency to avoid conflict of interest.
Imlay was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a class-B misdemeanor, and driving under the influence of alcohol with a child in the vehicle, a class-A misdemeanor. He was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on $2,213 bail.
Allinson said there was minimal damage to Imlay’s car and also minimal damage to the block wall.
Imlay posted bond and has been released from Purgatory, according to information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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