WASHINGTON COUNTY – A Washington County Sheriff’s lieutenant was arrested Sunday for alleged drunk driving following a rollover.
WCSO Lt. Jason “Jake” Lynn Adams, 39, was off duty and driving an unmarked patrol truck at the time of the accident, Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said.
Adams and four of his children were in the vehicle and headed eastbound on state Route 17 around mile post 1 when the accident occurred, according to a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol.
The truck began to drift off the right shoulder of the roadway, then over-corrected back to the left. The truck went off the road and into a dirt embankment in a sideways-slide which caused it to roll onto its roof.
Everyone in the truck was wearing a seatbelt and experienced only minor injuries, UHP reported. No one required medical transport.
Upon further investigation by the UHP, Adams was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked into the Iron County Jail in order to avoid conflict of interest. He has since posted bail.
“I’m just thankful there were no serious injuries to him or the others involved,” Pulsipher said.
Pulsipher said Adams is currently on administrative leave. In addition to any continuing UHP investigation, he said an internal affairs investigation is also being conducted in conjunction with the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
Persons 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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