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Cottonwood Heights pursues DUI offenders, not to the delight of all

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The DUI charge was dismissed and Knighton pleaded guilty to the lane violation. But the state of Utah suspended his license while the DUI charge was pending and said Knighton, who did not hire an attorney, missed his deadline to appeal. Knighton was laid off for unrelated reasons after the stop and says the suspended license has hampered his efforts to find employment.

"I’m trying to get my life back but I don’t know what to do," Knighton said, who on Friday had a warrant for his arrest for failing to pay his fine for the lane violation.

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DUIs on the rise

» In the final 12 months it policed Cottonwood Heights, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported 118 arrests for suspected driving under the influence there.

» The Cottonwood Heights Police Department was established in September 2008 and reported 215 DUI arrests in its first 12 months. The number has increased to 248 arrests in the past 12 months.

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Russo said officers who cited Knighton took into account the totality of the circumstances, including Knighton’s driving pattern and his admission to having been in the presence of marijuana. A few other citizens have complained about being pulled over, he said, but most support the effort.

"It’s pretty easy to defend if you’re out there getting DUIs," Russo said.


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