Morgan deputy disciplined after traffic crash

Friday , January 31, 2014 - 1:24 PM

Andreas Rivera, Standard-Examiner Staff

MORGAN — After an internal investigation, a deputy who ran a stop sign and caused an accident that injured a teenage girl has been disciplined.

Morgan County Sheriff Blaine Breshears said Thursday that after an internal investigation of the incident, Deputy Ryan Dearden was disciplined with a letter of reprimand and a week off the job without pay.

On Dec. 17 at about 9 p.m., Dearden was en route to a keep-the-peace call, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. He was eastbound on 100 South and as he approached State Street, he did not stop or yield at the stop sign. He did not have lights and sirens on. As he crossed State Street, a vehicle traveling northbound struck the deputy’s patrol vehicle.

The other vehicle was carrying several teenage girls on their way to a Christmas party. One of the girls had to be transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden to be treated for a head laceration.

UHP Lt. Chris Simmons told the Standard-Examiner in December there was every indication that the Morgan deputy failed to yield the right of way in running a stop sign and that he would likely be cited.

It is unknown if the Utah Highway Patrol will issue a citation against the deputy.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @SE_Andreas.

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