CEDAR CITY — A former Cedar City Police Officer received his sentence in the Cedar City 5th District Court Thursday after pleading guilty to a class A misdemeanor for driving under the influence of alcohol with a child in his vehicle.
On June 2, Jed Imlay crashed his police vehicle into a wall at the Cedar City Little League Baseball Complex, located at 300 E. 275 North in Cedar City, while under the influence of alcohol. Imlay’s son, a minor, was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, according to court documents, and Imlay fled the scene before authorities arrived.
Following a call from witnesses, police located Imlay’s damaged car in the driveway of his home. Imlay was arrested and taken into custody, and the case was referred to the Beaver County Attorney’s Office to help avoid a potential conflict of interest.
As part of his sentence, Imlay’s prison term was suspended and he was ordered to spend 48 hours in the Beaver County Jail and pay a $1,533 fine, Beaver County Attorney Von Christiansen said.
Imlay was ordered to serve his jail time outside of Iron County for safety reasons, Christiansen said.
“You can imagine it might be uncomfortable, if not unsafe, for him to serve his jail time in Iron County with people who he may have put there,” Christiansen said. “For his safety, it just makes more sense to house him someplace else.”
Originally, Imlay was also charged with a class B misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, but those charges were dropped Thursday as part of a plea bargain, Christiansen said.
“This was a very tough but appropriate sentence for a DUI offender,” Christiansen said, “particularly for one who had a minor in the vehicle.”
Imlay additionally received 24 months of probation and was ordered to undergo substance abuse evaluations, provide a DNA specimen to authorities, not drink any alcoholic beverages or patronize any establishment where alcohol is the main item of sale, and pay for the installation of an ignition interlock system on vehicles he will be using following his release.
Imlay is required to turn himself in to the Beaver County Jail by 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 to begin his 48-hour incarceration period.
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