ST. GEORGE — A former Washington County sheriff's lieutenant was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a DUI charge.
Jason "Jake" Lynn Adams, 39, pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, a class A misdemeanor, and making an unsafe lane change, a class C misdemeanor, in 5th District Court on Tuesday. Court records indicate the pleas were entered after Judge G. Michael Westfall heard the evidence against Adams in a preliminary hearing and ordered him to stand trial on the two charges.
Adams was arrested Feb. 9 after rolling his patrol vehicle, an unmarked Ford F-150, with his four children inside on state Route 17 near La Verkin, investigators said. The children, who reportedly range in age from 8 to 14, were not injured.
The group was on their way to the shooting range, according to an Iron County Jail report filed in court. An officer responding to the accident noted in his report that Adams "was very unsteady on his feet, unable to maintain his balance, slipping and falling prior to entering my patrol vehicle."
Field sobriety tests were administered and Adams failed, according to court documents.
Adams, a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's office who was the lieutenant in charge of investigations at the time of his arrest, resigned from the department in March.