Eagle Mtn. Mayor Charged With Misdemeanor

Eagle Mtn. Mayor Charged With Misdemeanor

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Sam Penrod reportingKelvin Bailey has been the mayor of Eagle Mountain for the past 15 months.

Eagle Mountain is one of the fastest growing cities in Utah and is located west of Lehi in Utah County.

On March 28th, Mayor Bailey's family called police, after he didn't come home at night.

The next morning the mayor phoned his family and concocted a story that he'd been abducted in Juab County, while helping a stranded motorist.

He claimed he was able to escape in Barstow, California, after driving all night, and told the same story to police.

But when Bailey arrived back in Utah, he confessed to investigators he'd fabricated the story because he was under extreme stress and needed some time away.

Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson says, "We've looked at the report and we've charged what we thought was appropriate under the circumstances. There were a lot of police resources wasted as a result of the false report, and this is an appropriate way to deal with that type of offense."

The police report gives no indication that Bailey was involved in any other illegal activity while he was reported missing.

Bailey has kept a low profile since this episode began and did not return our phone calls seeking a response.

A written letter to Eagle Mountain residents from Mayor Bailey is suppose to be distributed this Saturday.

Mayor Bailey will be issued a summons to appear in the Utah County Justice Court.

As far as his political future, Eagle Mountain residents appear to be split on whether Bailey should remain in office.

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