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Man booked 3 times on DUI in less than 45 hours

Published July 14, 2012 7:51 pm

Crime • Logan police nab St. George man over period of 3 days.
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For a St. George man, the third time was not the charm. It was a felony.

Logan police say Daniel Kropf, 41, was booked into the Cache County jail three times in less than 45 hours on suspicion of driving under the influence. The first two times he posted bail, but the last time he was held, awaiting his first appearance before a judge.

On July 8, Logan police responded to an auto-pedestrian accident at a Maverik gas station near 1200 South and Main, according to assistant Chief Jeff Curtis.

Kropf was driving a truck and pulling a flatbed trailer that hit the Dumpster outside the Maverik, Curtis said. The trailer shoved the Dumpster into an employee taking out the trash. The employee was hospitalized with serious injuries.

"There wasn't appearance of [DUI] at that time," Curtis said, but police are still investigating. Kropf was charged with a class B misdemeanor for not having insurance and went on his way.

Three hours later a Cache County sheriff's deputy pulled over Kropf in a car at 1000 West and 1400 North. Kropf was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with his child and wife in tow. He was arrested and booked into jail.

He posted $2,390 bail for the class A misdemeanor DUI offense (enhanced because a child was in the car), a class B misdemeanor for no proof of insurance and a class C misdemeanor for expired registration.

The next night a medical call brought police to the parking lot of a Super 8 Motel at 86 S. Main St. Officers found Kropf in an Escalade, and "he was impaired again as well," Curtis said.

Once again, Kropf was arrested and booked into jail, this time on class B misdemeanor DUI, where he again posted bail.

Twenty-four hours later, on July 10, a Logan officer responding to a call of a possibly drunken driver pulled Kropf over at 2500 North and Main St. where the officer found Kropf "impaired again," Curtis said.

Kropf was booked on an enhanced third-degree felony charge of driving under the influence. The judge decided to not allow bail until his initial appearance on July 16.

Police are awaiting toxicology results to find out if he was impaired on prescribed or illicit drugs in the DUI cases. In the final case, authorities have determined he had alcohol in his system, but it was low and under the legal limit, Curtis said.

Kropf has a long record of automobile offenses, according to court records.

"It is frustrating that he gets out and he is back out there doing it," Curtis said.

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