Bill to Propose Putting Breathalyzer Devices in Bars

According to  the Tribune, House Majority Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper, is drafting a bill that may require blood alcohol testing devices to be placed in bars. He describes them as “vending-machine breathalyzers to enable patrons to check their blood alcohol level before leaving the bar.” The report added that Hughes is negotiating whether to make them mandatory for all clubs and bars or to require them only in establishments cited for code violations. Hughes added that this law would apply only to establishments that primarily serve alcohol and not to restaurants that mainly serve food. The use of the breathalyzers would be voluntary; the laws are intended to help patrons decide if it’s safe to drive home or if they should get an alternate driver or cab. Hughes stated that bars and clubs are pushing back against the idea of mandatory breathalyzers. He added that he is looking at incentivizing the installation of breathalyzers by lowering fines for establishments that allow them. Another way that has been suggested to encourage their use is to require them only in establishments that have had repeated violations. Hughes is also finding ways to shield businesses that offer the breathalyzers from liability if someone fails a breathalyzer test, then drives anyway. Christensen & Hymas are strong advocates of safe driving habits, we encourage all motorists to never drink and drive. If you or someone you know has suffered injury due to another’s reckless driving behavior or negligence may call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800. Let our competent personal injury lawyers help you process your personal injury claims properly and efficiently. Original article by Lee...

Police Officer Arrested for DUI Investigation

A Washington County sheriff’s lieutenant was arrested and is now under a DUI investigation after rolling his patrol vehicle with his four children inside. KSL reports the officer as Lt. Jake Adams, 39. It was disclosed that he was booked into the Iron County Jail under the name Jason Lynn Adams for investigation of DUI, making an unsafe lane change, and carrying a weapon while intoxicated. The report stated that Adams rolled his Washington County sheriff’s patrol vehicle, an unmarked F-150 pickup truck, with his four children inside. Adams suffered minor injuries while his children, ages 8 to 14, were not injured. Adams was not on duty at the time of the accident. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce called it a “slow speed rollover accident”. This accident happened on State Route 17 near La Verkin just before 4:30 p.m. Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said he was grateful that the family did not suffer serious injuries and that nobody was killed. The report added that Adams was booked into the Iron County Jail to avoid a conflict of interest in Washington County. He posted bail and was released Monday. Adams was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Adams was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1998 and was the lieutenant in charge of investigations. Christensen & Hymas hopes this situation can be resolved soon. We encourage everyone to adhere to traffic rules and to never drive impaired or drunk. If you have consumed alcohol, it is best to get a designated driver rather than to trust your judgment. Accidents can happen very suddenly and may result...

Two People Hurt as Police Chase Ends in Crash

According to a Tribune report, police were handling a robbery near 900 S. State St. Monday afternoon when a 23-year-old man with a warrant for his arrest took off in a stolen vehicle. Detective Cody Lougy said  that officers pursued the man, but the suspect ended up crashing into a vehicle, which struck a second vehicle in the intersection of 900 W. 600 North in Salt Lake City. The report added that the suspect then struck a power pole before the stolen SUV ended up on its side north of the intersection. According to Lougy, the man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. He added that a passenger in one of the other vehicles also had minor injuries. The suspect was to be booked into the Salt Lake County jail Monday night on suspicion of fleeing arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Additionally, he was charged with aggravated assault against a police officer for nearly hitting an officer during the pursuit. Lougy added that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Salt Lake City. Christensen & Hymas reminds everyone to take extra precaution in the road. This article illustrates that even when you are adhering to traffic rules, you can still be involved in an accident. Make sure that your personal insurance policy is updated and know what a personal injury claim is. Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. We can help you process personal injury claims to get relief from the financial burden of the injuries from the accident and lost work days as you recover. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for...

Defendant Awaits Sentencing After Death of 2-year-old

The defendant in a case related to the death of a West Valley two-year-old pled guilty to reduced charges on Monday the 27th. Kimberly Munoz, 21, is looking at up to five years in prison when she faces sentencing in March. The Prosecution, as part of a plea bargain, has recommended three years probation with no additional jail time, but the judge has yet to hand down a sentence.  Angela Barnett, of West Valley City, was crossing the intersection at 5600 West and 4005 South on June tenth of last year with her nine year old daughter and two year old son when the stroller carrying her son was struck, killing two year-old Gavyn. Munoz was first charged with the third-degree felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and three misdemeanors alleging she drove without insurance, with illegally tinted windows, and without her prescribed glasses. She pled guilty to one charge of leaving the incident of an accident involving property damage, a third-degree felony. The driver’s visibility was obscured in several ways. In addition to it being 9:15 pm, Munoz’s windshields were illegally tinted and she allegedly had forgotten her glasses. According to the police, the street was poorly lit and the intersection had no crosswalk. “My client’s mistake and only mistake was leaving the scene behind and not going back,” Munoz’s attorney, Bel-Ami de Montreux said. “She was very young, she panicked, and she went away. We want to emphasize our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the child that passed away, and we are in no way blaming the mother. It was poor judgment — almost no...

Drunk Driving Incident Ends in Tragedy

At 8:32 pm Saturday night in Taylorsville, a man driving a pickup truck slammed into the back of the Thurber’s car as Matt, Holden, and Zane Thurber waited at the red light in the intersection of 5400 south and 1300 west.  The crash ended in the tragic death of three-year-old Zane Thurber, and injured his six-year-old brother Matt and his father, Holden. Moments before the crash, police received several calls and complaints of a reckless driver, but before they could locate the driver, the crash had already occurred.  By the time they arrived at the scene, Police found that five cars had been involved in the crash and that the reckless driver who caused it was Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 45, from Kearns.  “After the crash, he got out of the car and tried to blend in with the crowd that was around helping,” Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said. “A citizen grabbed onto him and held him until officers arrived and took him into custody.” According to the police reports for probable cause, witnesses claimed Guinea “definitely smelled like a bar” and was too impaired to give his name and social security number when prompted by the Police. He was only identified by a Utah Driver’s Privilege card found on Guinea’s person. Unified police have reportedly arrested Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 45, from Kearns, and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. While police take care of the investigation, it is important that we keep Zane Thurber, as seen in the picture on the right,...
Suspect Flees After Crash on I-215

Suspect Flees After Crash on I-215

At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday the 21st, a woman allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle causing it to roll over before fleeing into the night. The crash took place on I-215 near 235 West in Murray. According to KSL news, the suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Marcy Riley of Cottonwood Heights. There were no reported witnesses to the incident. Many details of the circumstances leading up to the incident are, as of now, unknown or unreleased. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce has stated that the cause of the crash has yet to be determined and there were no reported injuries. Although it is uncertain how she lost control of the vehicle, information gathered during an investigation by WVCPD and UHP indicates that Riley fled north on foot before getting a ride to a TRAX station from an acquaintance.  The car involved was reported stolen earlier that day by the suspect’s ex-boyfriend, whose identity has not been made public. The suspect has, thus far, eluded a joint investigation by UHP and WVCPD, and remains at large. There is an active warrant for Riley’s arrest on drug-related charges, and additional charges are expected to be filed in the near future. West Valley City Police have recently been the subject of intense scrutiny after a wrongful death suit and a nine month investigation that led DA Sim Gill to decide that the killing was, in fact, unjustified. A criminal inquiry in this case is still in progress. Cases filed against this police department have caused controversy more recently, and their operations are—now, more than ever—under the careful watch of the public eye. Police are asking...