ST. GEORGE – A former Washington County Sheriff’s lieutenant was released from the Iron County Jail Thursday, having served his court-mandated jail time, and will now begin one year of supervised probation in a DUI case that led to his resignation from the Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.
Last month, former Washington County Sheriff’s lieutenant Jason “Jake” Lynn Adams, 40, of Toquerville, pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol that resulted in a rollover of a patrol truck in February.
Adams submitted a statement to the 5th District Court on Nov. 21 in which he pleaded guilty to the DUI offense, a class A misdemeanor.
The incident in question occurred Feb. 9 when Adams was driving an unmarked patrol truck through Toquerville on state Route 17. Inside the truck were four of Adams’ children, each under the age of 16. At the time, they were heading to a nearby firing range. While en route to the firing range, the truck driven by Adams veered off the roadway and rolled down an embankment, coming to a stop on its roof. Neither Adams nor his children were seriously injured during the incident.
According to court documents, Adams failed field sobriety tests conducted by a responding Utah Highway Patrol trooper and was subsequently arrested for DUI. Blood samples were also taken at the time for testing.
As the case progressed, Mike McGinnis, Adams’ attorney, filed a motion to suppress potential blood evidence. According to the motion, McGinnis argued the blood samples were illegally taken and that Adams had been coerced into giving samples he hadn’t given consent for.
In his statement filed with the court in November, Adams said his blood alcohol level at the time of the incident had been 0.240 percent, which is three times the legal state limit of 0.08 percent.
According to court records, Adams was sentenced to serve a year in jail following the submission of his statement to the court. However, the sentence was stayed by Judge G. Michael Westfall, who sentenced Adams to serve 15 days in the Iron County Jail. An official with the Iron County Jail said Adams was released from the jail’s custody on Thursday.
As part of his sentence, Adams must pay a $1,500 fine at $150 a month. Following his stay in the jail, he has been placed on 12 months supervised probation, during which time he is to take and complete a life skills class, complete any recommend treatments, and not possess any alcohol.
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