Police: Man destroys jet ski watercraft to spite brother

Thursday , July 31, 2014 - 7:21 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

FARR WEST — One local family isn't likely to spend a day out at the lake together anytime soon: A man is behind bars for allegedly destroying his brother’s Yamaha WaveRunner jet ski watercraft in a family dispute earlier this month.

Steven Reese, 47, was arrested July 19 for reportedly tying the WaveRunner behind his car and dragging it by swerving all over the road on Pelican Drive, not far from his Farr West home.

The watercraft was reportedly totaled and took a nearby mailbox and some lawn ornaments with it.

“He was whipping it back and forth (behind his car) around the neighborhood,” said Weber County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Lane Findlay.

The destroyed mailbox belonged to a friend of the Reese family, he said.

“He felt bad about that,” Findlay said.

The men had been arguing about the watercraft, and Reese intentionally wrecked it in reaction to the feud, police say.

“Apparently there was some sort of discussion over this WaveRunner that had been recently purchased,” Findlay said. “We go there quite often on disputes between the two brothers.”

Reese is charged with reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor, in connection with the incident.

He should not have been driving the car in the first place, according to his other charges; he is accused of operating the vehicle with faulty equipment, failing to pay a vehicle registration fee and driving on a denied license, all class C misdemeanors, and driving without insurance, a class B misdemeanor as a repeat offense.

His pretrial conference is set for Aug. 12 in Farr West Justice Court.

William Reese, 49, the alleged victim of the WaveRunner dispute, was arrested Wednesday because of an outstanding warrant. He was wanted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a third-degree felony filed against him in May.

Steven Reese is listed as the defendant in 40 Utah cases, and William Reese has been charged from Sanpete to Weber counties in 71 state cases since 1987.

Contact reporter Ben Lockhart at 801-625-4221 or blockhart@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Lockhart.

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