Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 19, 2014
Grantsville man arrested after hitting parked auto on street

A Grantsville man has been charged with DUI after allegedly running into a parked car while intoxicated and then fleeing the scene with his daughter last week.

At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, a gray Jeep Cherokee hit a silver Ford Ranger parked to the side of Main Street across from the Dead Dog Saloon, said Lt. Steve Barrett of the Grantsville City Police Department. Witnesses saw the driver of the vehicle flee the scene with a little girl in tow, Barrett said.

Officers canvassed the area and found the man near the corner of SR-138 and Durfee Street, Barrett said, with a girl he said was his daughter. The man, identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Bracken, did not appear to be sober, Barrett said.

“He was noticeably impaired,” he said. “He basically failed all the field sobriety tests. The [portable breath test] was zero, so it wasn’t alcohol. [Officers] got an e-warrant and drew blood, so it’s being tested for the substance.”

Bracken was arrested and booked into the Tooele County Detention Center. He was charged Thursday with possession or use of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class A misdemeanor; reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; causing an accident involving property damage, a class B misdemeanor; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor. He made his first court appearance Monday. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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