Utah officer convicted of reckless endangerment


First Published Apr 11 2013 06:51 pm
Last Updated Apr 14 2013 12:27 am

A Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division officer was convicted this month of reckless endangerment.

William McCarthy, 58, was convicted of the class A misdemeanor on April 1 in 3rd District Court.

Having served as a West Valley City police officer before his years with the MVED, McCarthy’s case was moved to Summit County since every Salt Lake County judge knows him personally, McCarthy’s attorney Kent Morgan said.

On Sept. 22, 2011, a man was standing in front of a gas pump in Taylorsville when McCarthy’s car stopped several feet from him, then pulled forward toward him, according to the charges. The car struck the victim in the hip, the charges add, but Morgan said that "there was pretty good evidence that [there was] no contact involved with the alleged victim."

The judge didn’t find enough evidence at a bench trial to support third-degree aggravated assault, and instead convicted him of the lower, alternative charge of reckless endangerment that was filed in the case, Morgan said.

McCarthy is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20. Until then, he’s on paid administrative leave from the MVED.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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