Scott Freitag — the now-former director of Salt Lake City’s 911 dispatch center director — pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk and was sentenced to three days in jail, a fine and community service.
Freitag, 38, who is also a Layton City council member, was pulled over by Centerville police on the afternoon of Jan. 3 for driving erratically while entering Interstate 15 at Kaysville.
Inside the Salt Lake City Corporation vehicle, the officer found an open mixed drink. A gun was also found in the center console of the vehicle.
Police have said that Freitag failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.214 percent blood alcohol content during a breathalyzer test.
He was fired the next day from his job as director of SLC911.
On Monday, Freitag pleaded guilty to class B misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. Misdemeanor charges of open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Also Monday, Davis County Justice Judge John Carl Ynchausti suspended all but three days of a six-month jail term, and also ordered Freitag to pay a $1,420 fine and complete 72 hours of community service, as part of a 12 month probation.
Matthew Rojas, spokesman for the Salt Lake City mayor’s office, has said that a review of Freitag’s schedule indicates that he was on the clock when he was pulled over — 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 3 — though he added that Freitag’s schedule is somewhat fluid, due to occasional long days.
Freitag had been SLC911’s director since 2013. Prior to that, he worked for the Salt Lake City Fire Department for 16 years, serving as communications director, among other posts.
He has been a member of the Layton City Council since 2007. Freitag’s current term ends in 2019.