ST. GEORGE – Former Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason “Jake” Lynn Adams, of Toquerville, was officially suspended from law enforcement Monday by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council in Sandy.
“He has accepted responsibility for his actions and is going through the process,” Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said.
Adams was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in February 2014 after he rolled an unmarked Sheriff’s Office patrol truck with his four children inside on state Route 17 in Washington County. Adams was off-duty at the time of the incident. He failed field sobriety tests at the accident scene and was arrested by Utah Highway Patrol troopers for DUI and failure to operate his vehicle in one lane. His blood alcohol level at the time was 0.240 percent, which is three times Utah’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Adams and his children were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the rollover and each sustained only minor injuries.
In the face of the charges against him, Adams ultimately resigned from the Sheriff’s Office and later pleaded guilty to one class A misdemeanor DUI charge. He served a 15-day jail sentence in the Iron County Jail and was released on Dec. 4, 2014.
Along with Adams, 11 other current or former Utah law enforcement officers were also disciplined Monday at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council’s quarterly meeting, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Adams was recommended for a four-year suspension, the Tribune reported, but his lawyer urged the council to only suspend him for three years. Adams’ lawyer also told the council Adams has quit drinking alcohol and has lost 50 pounds since quitting.
The council ultimately voted for the three-year suspension.
A four-year suspension would have meant Adams would have to go through the training academy all over again at the conclusion of the suspension, Pulsipher said; a shorter suspension means he will be able to immediately seek new employment in law enforcement at the end of the three years.
If Adams had received a revocation rather than a suspension, it would mean he could never again work in law enforcement, Pulsipher said.
“Now he’s just trying to put his life back together,” Pulsipher said.
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