Off-duty officer arrested for DUI with child in vehicle, leaving accident scene

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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25 Comments

  • ladybugavenger June 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    That fine seems low. Wonder if he wants special treatment too? Where’s the charge of property damage?

    • pillow June 4, 2014 at 12:27 am

      I agree, it does seem low. No good. He needs to have Dcfs involved and he needs to have worse charges.

    • Susan June 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

      The amount you are talking about is actually the Bail amount, not a fine. The fines will be imposed when he goes to court. The property damage will probably be combined into “leaving the scene of an accident with property damage” charge.

      • ladybugavenger June 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Yeah, bail amount seems low

  • Paul June 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    OMG Really that’s our wonderful police makes me feel safe out in the road have to watch out for the drunk police and he will prob get away with it. Just saying

  • pillow June 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

    So is Dcfs investigating this?? Is anything going to happen to him. He was driving drunk with a child in the car. Wow no good.

  • bobuknowwho June 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Ahh the joys of a badge a slap the hands and a pat on the head

  • Michael June 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    My guess is he will state he had a drink after arriving to his home and that he hadn’t realized he had made contact to the structure. He will not get convicted of anything.

  • Paul June 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

    And the poor child in the car lets put the child in danger too must of been sleeping during his training and missed that part about drinking and driving

  • COMBAT VET WHO DOES NOT "COEXIST" WELL WITH OTHERS June 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    So lets see……this Cedar City officer get charged with driving while intoxicated AND having a child in the vehicle while driving intoxicated. Didn’t Lt Jake Adams have children with him when he was driving while intoxicated as well?? The CCPD officer didn’t roll his vehicle. Funny how the officers are charged differently for about the same violation. Oh…I see….rank has its perks. Seriously, is this how this works around here??? Talk about double standards.

  • COMBAT VET WHO DOES NOT "COEXIST" WELL WITH OTHERS June 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to mention…..the CCPD officer was booked into the Washington Purgatory facility and then the facility “scrubs” his booking photo and his name from the “prisoner roster”. And, todays edition of the The Spectrum publishes his photo in their article. Officer Jed Prisbey Imlay must be “special”. Sheesh…..

  • pigknuckle June 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I absolutely don’t support what the officer did. You idiots need to realize just what this officer’s “slap on the hand” will be. Yeah, he might not get a major fine, or jail time but he will lose his job. He will lose the chance for a pension in 11 years. Most other professions would get what they got, but still go back to work the next Monday. Losing 9 years of a career is far worse than a littler steeper fine or whatever you judge mental people think he should get.

    • ladybugavenger June 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Serves him right!!!

  • Native born New Mexican June 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This officer needs to be treated exactly the same way any of the rest of us would be and are treated in the same situation. He should get the major fine the rest of us have to pay. He should have had a stiff bail set. He should do some jail time and some time on the side of the road wearing stripes and cleaning up trash in front of the whole world. Officer Adams should have gotten the same treatment as well. Law enforcement wants us to respect them when they abuse and throw the book at us but totally excuse themselves. A double standard as blatant as this only points out how unjust and corrupt the whole legal system really is.

  • Awayfromhome June 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Pigknuckle is right. While I don’t agree with his actions, how would you like it if your dirty laundry was aired over the internet like this? The man made a mistake. Do you know what his life is like? How is it fair for you to judge him based off of what you’ve read on the internet. How come no one really cares about anyone anymore? Things like depression, anxiety, and similar types of disorders run rampant through our society. An incident like this could cause someone to either clean up their life, or sometimes cause them to take it. People’s negative reactions certainly don’t help. Shame on all of you, your concern should have ended with the kid. Again, I don’t support, or condone his choices, but any one of us given the right circumstances could be in a similar situation.

    • ladybugavenger June 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      He could have killed someone. Drinking and driving is not a mistake!!!! Its a choice. He knows its wrong!!!

    • MessterPeenut June 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

      I completely agree, and furthermore whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty. Even if it turns out the situation occurred exactly as reported,It is not our mistakes that define us, but what we learn from them. I think if every commenter here had all their mistakes made public knowledge they would not be so quick to throw stones.

  • Paul June 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Blah blah blah that’s what he gets

  • California girls rule! June 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Most of the legal system in cedar city is corrupt. The few that aren’t work with the schools. They find any reason to charge someone walking on the streets going to the store or work let alone home. Claiming someone saw them looking in their cars other windows, just outright bs lies so the county gets $$ from innocent people to pay for their paychecks. I’m glad I’m not in arms reach anymore.

  • Wise One June 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Hey Awayfromhome, in case you haven’t recognized, the point is that cops get away with literally murder and get at most a slap on the wrist. Not only that, you can take society’s biggest losers who everyone else recognizes as undesirable people, then put a uniform and badge on them, and everyone, including the cops themselves, suddenly acts like they’re …* and deserve our utmost respect and deference. By the way, who wants to bet that this “child” that was in the car with him who mysteriously walked away was, oh let’s see, probably an underage girl who the cop was taking somewhere to do…well I’ll let everyone use their imagination.

    Here’s another gem in the article “Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.” Whoever wrote that obviously has not been in court when being accused of something by government.
    Ed. ellipsis …*

    • Susan June 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Wise One, really? I’ll take your bet…how much do you want to wager? $5.00 – $5,000? Place it! You really think someone would go to a little league ball park filled with hundreds of people to molest an underage girl? It’s obvious that he was there with one of his own children.
      I do agree that what he did is absolutely wrong. But your comments are just showing that you’re someone who is jumping on the lets hate the cops bandwagon. Hate them until you need them to came and save your a..* sometime that is.
      And the disclaimer at the end of the article is a legal disclaimer any media source uses. Cami Cox is the reporter who used it, and yes she probably hasn’t been in court. Sounds like you speak from experience though.
      *Ed. elipses

  • Strong Mission Statement June 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

    His defense that will get all charges dropped and maybe even earn him a commendation will be “he served a strong mission….” somewhere. We’ve seen how that works around here.

  • Joanna June 5, 2014 at 10:05 am

    It’s weird…I wanted to see what this clown looked like and the Arrests page on this site is blank. I could swear I remember another cop getting arrested recently for something horrible like sexual assault, and there was a glitch on the Arrests page that day too. Is it a coincidence?

  • ladybugavenger June 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    No coincidence.The Spectrum has a picture of him

  • Bryce June 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    What a wonderful police force we have in Cedar City right? The CCPD is filled with corruption and officers in this town act as if they’re gods they don’t follow there standards and judge and discriminate citizens. I have seen acts of police burtality and heard of many stories of corruption and police misconduct amongst many of the officers here in cedar. It’s pretty bad to be scared of the police even when you are not doing anything wrong! This Imlay guy is worthless scum. And ya what a great officer right? Haha. I hope this opens up some peoples eyes that the CCPD needs a big change!

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