DAGGETT COUNTY, Utah — A man has been charged with homicide and DUI after a passenger fell from a boat and drowned at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
According to documents filed Monday, Corey Eggleston is charged with automobile homicide as a third-degree felony and DUI as a class B misdemeanor.
The charges stem from a deadly incident at Flaming Gorge Reservoir May 11. Booking documents indicate Eggleston was driving a boat and made a sharp turn, sending all three occupants into the water.
None of the three were wearing life jackets, and one man drowned.
Eggleston and the other occupant were treated by medical responders and cleared.
Deputies said Eggleston smelled like alcohol when they interviewed him and said he admitted to them he had been drinking on the boat.
Eggleston was booked into the Uintah County Jail, as Daggett County no longer operates a jail.
MAPLETON, Utah – A mock crash in Mapleton Wednesday hit close to home because it replicated a real crash that happened almost two years ago, involving a senior at Maple Mountain High School, a day before her graduation.
“Be safe. Please be safe. Don’t drive impaired,” said the victim’s father, Devin Shaw.
It’s a heartfelt plea from a heartbroken father.
“She loved people. She’s an amazing kid. Couldn’t have asked for a better daughter,” Shaw said.
Kathrynn Shaw died in a car accident two years ago on May 22. Police say a 17-year-old boy who was under the influence hit the car Shaw was riding in, killing her almost instantly.
That crash was re-enacted today for students at Maple Mountain High School.
The young woman pretending to be Shaw, Gabi Smith, knew her well. They were on the drill team together.
“When you were around her, she just glowed and like I miss her so much and everybody else does but you can feel she`s here today,” Smith said.
No details were spared as first responders arrived on scene, desperately trying to save these young lives. There was even a funeral.
A painfully realistic exercise designed to teach an important lesson to these impressionable teens.
“It’s so important to drive safe and not drink and buckle your seatbelt because it can mean the difference between life and death,” said Smith.
A lesson Devin Shaw had to learn the hard way.
“It’s going to be a hard day but again if we can save just one person, one person`s life, one family from going through the loss and pain that we have its worth it,” Shaw said.
In the two-car crash two years ago, each vehicle had three teenagers inside, but the other five had their seatbelts on and only suffered minor injuries. Shaw was not wearing hers and was thrown from the car.
MEXICAN HAT, Utah – An off-duty police officer was arrested on suspicion of DUI near Mexican Hat Sunday night.
According to the Navajo Police Department, several people called to report an impaired driver on US 163 around 8:40 p.m. that night.
Callers reported the driver parked in the middle of the road, then drove to a gas station and ultimately crashed into a ditch. Witnesses said the driver was visibly intoxicated, did not cooperate, and tried to leave the scene.
The off-duty officer was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
The agency states Navajo Nation privacy laws prevent them from releasing the name of the officer.
“The Navajo Police Department will take the necessary steps to hold our officers accountable for any misconduct that occurs while employed with this department,” Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco stated.