KEARNS -- A deadly single-vehicle crash in Kearns is prompting a squabble between Utah's Fraternal Order of Police and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.
Fraternal Order of Police President Brent Jex told KUTV-TV that 43-year-old James Wilkes might be alive had not his drug case been dismissed by Gill.
Wilkes, who was killed in the Friday wreck, was charged last December in 3rd District Court with felony drug distribution.
But his case was among dozens linked to a West Valley City narcotics unit that were dismissed because of what prosecutors viewed as credibility issues.
Jex says the chance of Wilkes being involved in the accident would have been reduced had not the case against him been dismissed.
But Gill brands Jex's statement as "ridiculous." He says he took no pleasure in dismissing the case, but officers' conduct and his constitutional duty required it.