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Utah Highway Patrol

Trooper Eric Dale Ellsworth | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Aaron Robert Beesley | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Randy K. Ingram | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Charles D. Warren | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Dennis Lavelle Lund | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett, III | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Daniel W. Harris | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Agent Robert B. Hutchings | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper William John Antoniewicz | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper John R. Winn | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper George Dee Rees | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Armond A. Luke | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Patrolman George Edwin Van Wagenen | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
K9 Tank | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

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Utah Highway Patrol, UT

EOW: Friday, November 16, 2012

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 16

  • Accidental 2
  • Aircraft accident 2
  • Automobile crash 1
  • Fall 1
  • Gunfire 5
  • Struck by vehicle 1
  • Vehicle pursuit 2
  • Vehicular assault 2

By Month

  • February 1
  • May 2
  • June 2
  • July 3
  • August 1
  • September 1
  • October 1
  • November 2
  • December 3

By Gender

K9 Line of Duty Deaths: 1

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Utah Highway Patrol arrests suspect after ‘active gunman’ reported on Interstate 15

A man who reportedly fired multiple shots at police officers, police dogs and a police helicopter on Monday night, forcing a shutdown of Interstate 15 and Interstate 70 near Beaver, has been taken into custody. No one was injured, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, an officer tried to pull over a speeding car — going 100 mph in an 80 mph zone — near northbound mile marker 117 at about 5:13 p.m. The vehicle fled and the UHP trooper pursued. At about mile marker 122, the fleeing car pulled into the median and stopped, and the driver fled on foot across southbound lanes and into the foothills west of I-15.

Two passengers in the car were taken into custody, and I-15 was shut down for several hours.

About 50 officers from several police agencies joined the search for the suspect. According to the UHP, the suspect fired a handgun multiple times at canine teams and a police helicopter. The canine teams pulled out, and tactical teams from the state Department of Public Safety, Beaver County, Iron County and St. George were deployed — and, according to police, the suspect fired several more times.

The suspect was located by the helicopter and, when the tactical teams moved in, he surrendered. No one was injured, according to UHP.

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WATCH: Utah trooper narrowly avoids crash with driver who didn’t clear windshield

(ABC4) – A near-crash involving a Utah Highway Patrol trooper is prompting a reminder of how important it is to make sure you can see out of your entire windshield.

UHP shared the below video of a trooper’s close call with a driver on Wednesday. In the dashcam video, the trooper can be seen driving on a single-lane road when a motorist traveling in the other direction crosses the center line and nearly hits the trooper.

According to UHP, the driver did not clear his entire windshield of the frost that had collected overnight. Instead, he had cleared just a small area, about the size of a baseball.

“Lesson learned: Clear all windows from ice and snow…. what’s that saying? Clear the snow before you go!” UHP says in a Thursday Facebook post.

As we enter the winter months, be sure to stay up-to-date with Utah’s Most Accurate Forecast on-air and online.

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Investigation underway after video shows UHP vehicle driving into traffic

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah — A Utah Highway Patrol official says an investigation is underway after video shows one of its patrol cars driving into traffic.

The incident occurred over the holiday weekend on Trapper's Loop in Morgan County.

In dashcam video posted to Facebook by Derek Wolthoff, a trooper is seen slowing down and slightly moving to their right in order to turn on the road. However, the UHP vehicle immediately begins the left turn without checking first on the traffic moving in the same direction.

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Derek Wolthoff

The vehicle behind the trooper, presumably driven by Wolthoff, smashed into the UHP car, which then forces a pickup truck hauling a boat to swerve off the road and jackknife into a road barrier.

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Derek Wolthoff

Following the accident, UHP posted a warning on its Facebook page for drivers to slow down and heed emergency lights, but Wolthoff's video appears to show no time for him, or anyone else, to slow before the trooper made their turn.

"So grateful for all of my race experience to save our lives. It happens in a blink of an eye. Everyone walked away without injury. I literally have no idea what that officer was thinking," wrote Wolthoff.

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Derek Wolthoff

A UHP spokesperson told FOX 13 that an outside agency is investigating the incident while they also perform their own internal review.

(A previous version of this story referenced a social media post that was inadvertently attributed to the Utah Highway Patrol, when it was, in fact, posted by the Mountain Green Fire Protection District. That post was the one that has been removed.)

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WATCH OUT: Utah Highway Patrol reports 49 crashes overnight, tells drivers to slow down

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – If you’re driving on the wet, rainy roads this weekend, please drive carefully!

Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) says they’ve responded to 49 crashes in just the last 12 hours. Over 25% of the crashes took place in the Salt Lake Valley, officials report.

Troopers say thankfully, most incidents have not involved serious injuries, but they are warning drivers to practice safe driving and keep an eye out for road hazards.

“Troopers are responding to several areas of standing water in Salt Lake Co this morning,” says UHP. “Please remember to reduce speeds, increase following distance, give yourself plenty of time and look beyond your hood for road hazards.”

With overnight storms hitting Utah, road closures have been activated along several highways due to wintry conditions.

Most recently, driving experts offered tips for driving safely in poor weather conditions, including turning vehicle lights on for added visibility and ensuring windshield wipers and tire tread levels are checked.

UHP says more Utahns have been driving recklessly this year, with speeding, road rage, and distracted driving as the leading causes of recent crashes.

“Obviously when you’re going that fast, any kind of correcting or input you put into the vehicle is magnified, any crash you get into is going to be magnified,” says Trooper Nicholas Hansen with UHP.

As storms continue throughout the weekend, make sure to drive carefully, plan ahead to safely arrive at your destination.

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The Utah Highway Patrol had erected white crosses like this one along highways to memorialize slain police officers until the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals said the practice could be viewed as an endorsement of religion in violation of the First Amendment's religious establishment clause. The highway patrol appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, who declined to hear the case. (Photo by Jessica Petersen, via Flicker, CC BY-NC 2.0)

In Utah Highway Patrol Association v. American Atheists, Inc., 565 U.S. 994 (2011) the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Utah Highway Patrol Association, which had sponsored efforts to post white roadside crosses on the side of highways to memorialize slain police officers. 

However, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote an opinion, dissenting from the denial of certiorari expressing concern over an Establishment Clause jurisprudence he termed “nebulous” and described as “in shambles.”

Atheists organization protests highway patrol's roadside crosses

In 1998, the Utah Highway Patrol began posting white crosses on roadsides.  American Atheists, Inc. and some of its members sued several state officials, contending that these cross memorials posted on government property violated the Establishment Clause.

The Utah Highway Patrol intervened to defend the memorials. A federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of Utah Highway Patrol Association.

10th Circuit rules crosses violate establishment clause of First Amendment

On appeal, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in American Atheists, Inc. v. Duncan (2010).  The Tenth Circuit applied the Lemon test from Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) and the endorsement analysis from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s concurring opinion in Lynch v. Donnelly (1984).   

The appeals court noted that there was a secular purpose for the crosses, but ruled that it violated the primary effects prong of the Lemon test, because a reasonable observer would find that the state was endorsing or promoting religion.  Many lower courts meld the endorsement analysis into the effects prong of the Lemon test. 

Justice Thomas urges for cleanup of establishment clause jurisprudence

After the Utah Highway Association unsuccessfully petitioned for en banc, or full panel review, they petitioned for review by the U.S. Supreme Court.  As mentioned, the Court denied review, but Justice Thomas explained in a separate opinion why the Court should have taken the case.

“Our jurisprudence provides no principled basis by which a lower court could discern whether Lemon/endorsement, or some other test, should apply in Establishment Clause,” Thomas wrote.  “Some of our cases have simply ignored the Lemon or Lemon/endorsement formulations.”

He also wrote that both the Lemon test and the endorsement test were “utterly indeterminate” and caused courts to reach “inconsistent results.”  He noted that five of his sitting colleagues had criticized either test in prior opinions.   

Thomas believed the Court needed to review the case to “clean up our mess.”

David L. Hudson, Jr. is a law professor at Belmont who publishes widely on First Amendment topics.  He is the author of a 12-lecture audio course on the First Amendment entitled Freedom of Speech: Understanding the First Amendment (Now You Know Media, 2018).  He also is the author of many First Amendment books, including The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech (Thomson Reuters, 2012) and Freedom of Speech: Documents Decoded (ABC-CLIO, 2017). This article was originally published in 2017.

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Utah Highway Patrol

Utah Highway Patrol vehicle

The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) is the functional equivalent of state police for the State of Utah in the United States. Its sworn members, known as Troopers, are certified law enforcement officers and have statewide jurisdiction.[4] It was created to "patrol or police the highways within this state of Utah and to enforce the state statutes as required."[5]

The Utah Highway Patrol is a division of the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Rank structure[edit]

Issued vehicles and weapons[edit]

Discontinued Utah Highway Patrol police cruisers

The UHP has a mixed fleet of vehicles: Ford CVPI, Dodge Charger, Chevy Z71 Suburbans, and multiple Dodge and Fordpickups. The UHP also issues its troopers take home cars, which can be used within 50 miles (80 km) of their residence. The Ford Mustang SSP was used from 1985 to 1995 and was highly reliable at the time.[6] The Mustang was then superseded by the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

The UHP issues its state troopers the Glock 17 Gen 4 9mm caliber or Glock 189mm machine pistol (The Glock 18 is issued to Section 18: Governor's Security Detail Troopers only). (Troopers may also carry a personal weapon, provided it is chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 auto.). Troopers are also issued the Remington 87012 gauge shotgun and each patrol vehicle carries a Colt AR-15/M4 carbine rifle. Prior to issuing AR-15's, The Patrol began participating in a program with the US Government and purchased surplus M-14 rifles. Troopers also carry tasers, expandable batons, and pepper spray. The UHP continues to issue and utilize the M-14 rifle, especially in rural areas of the state. The carbines are primarily issued to Troopers in urban and densely populated areas.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Utah Highway Patrol in 1923, 16 officers and 1 K9 have died while on duty.[7][8]

Rank Name Date of Death Cause of Death Age Location
PatrolmanGeorge Van WagonenMay 23, 1931Killed after accidentally falling on a large circular saw while warning a beet slicing business about escaped prisoners in the area42At Lake View beet slicing plant on Geneva Road in Provo, Utah
TrooperArmond A. LukeMarch 12, 1959Killed in a wreck during a pursuit; he swerved to avoid a group of deer and lost control, plunging into the Sevier River below54In the Sevier River, under Highway 89, six miles south of Circleville, Utah
TrooperGeorge Dee ReesFebruary 7, 1960Killed after being struck head-on by a vehicle running from other Troopers41Intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 91 near Lagoon, Utah
TrooperJohn R. WinnSep 22, 1971Crushed and killed after the construction vehicle he was operating flipped as he helped construct a radio tower36On Lake Mountain, west of Utah Lake
TrooperWilliam John AntoniewiczAugust 12, 1974Shot and killed while on a traffic stop with a speeder27On I-80 in Echo Canyon, nine miles east of Echo Junction, Utah
AgentRobert B. HutchingsJul 20, 1976Shot and killed during a drug/narcotics raid32588 E 1700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
TrooperRay Lynn PiersonJuly 11, 1978Shot and killed on a traffic stop by a teenager that was wanted for getting gas and not paying30On Highway 20, west of Panguitch, Utah
TrooperDaniel W. HarrisAug 25, 1982Killed after losing control of his motorcycle as he approached stopped traffic while pursuing a vehicle33On I-80 in Parley's Canyon, Utah
TrooperJoseph Samuel Brumett, IIINovember 12, 1992Struck and killed by a pickup driven by an illegal alien while investigating a crash scene24On I-15 near 2800 S in Salt Lake County, Utah
TrooperDennis Lavelle LundJun 16, 1993Shot and killed after a bullet pierced his windshield during a pursuit with two teenage boys37On I-70, several miles west of Green River, Utah
TrooperCharles D. WarrenMay 16, 1994Succumbed to health problems due to being shot on a traffic stop in 1969 that left him paralyzedN/AShooting took place on Utah State Route 77 near Springville, Utah
SergeantDoyle Reed ThornJul 30, 1994Killed in a helicopter crash while flying back to base after helping find a missing child52Near Strawberry Peak in Wasatch County, Utah
TrooperRandy K. IngramMay 10, 1994Killed after being struck by a tractor trailer while sitting in his patrol car on a traffic stop39On I-15, south of Nephi, Utah at the 208 mile marker
LieutenantThomas Sumner RettbergNovember 2, 2000Killed in a helicopter crash during a routine maintenance flight58Near 1500 South and Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, Utah
TrooperAaron Robert BeesleyJun 30, 2012Killed after falling 90 feet down a cliff during a search-and-rescue operation34On the Mount Olympus trail in Salt Lake County, Utah
K9TankNov 16, 2012Killed after being struck by a tractor trailer while out on a bathroom break11On I-80 near Salt Lake City, Utah
TrooperEric Dale EllsworthNov 22, 2016Succumbed to injuries sustained on Nov 18, 2016 when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic around low hanging power lines31Near Garland, Utah


The UHP has been involved in several incidents which have gained local, national and international news attention.

DUI Task Force[edit]

Nate Carlisle, in The Salt Lake Tribune, reported that: In a memo in 2010, "Sgt. Rob Nixon said he reviewed 20 of Steed's arrests for driving under the influence of drugs and found in seven of those cases, toxicology tests showed the driver had only a low amount of drugs, referred to as metabolite. Four other drivers had no drugs in their system", according to Nixon's memo.[This quote needs a citation] Yet in every case, Steed wrote reports claiming the drivers showed signs of impairment, such as dilated pupils and leg and body tremors. Nixon referred to "a pattern" of conflicting information between Steed's arrest reports and the laboratory results and said: "This is something that needs to be addressed before defense attorneys catch on and her credibility along with the DUI squad's credibility is compromised."[This quote needs a citation]

UHP last year[timeframe?] said they addressed some of Nixon's concerns with Steed, but apparently no formal review was done until Winward[who?] undertook it. Fuhr said the Winward review demonstrates Steed always had cause to suspect the person she arrested was impaired or otherwise not supposed to drive. Even in the few cases where the toxicology tests did not reveal drugs, an admission of recent drug use or other suspicious signs could be used as evidence to convict someone of a charge of driving with a controlled substance in their system.

Also, the Nixon memo has been misinterpreted, Fuhr said. Nixon was not accusing Steed of arresting innocent people, but rather saying she sometimes arrested people on suspicion of the wrong charge; Utah has separate offenses for drivers under the influence of drugs and those who only have drugs in their system.

Nixon's memo also described helping Steed arrest a man who showed little sign of impairment, but whom Steed reported to be exhibiting dilated pupils and tremors. Fuhr said Nixon got that case wrong, and pointed to documents saying the driver admitted to using meth two days earlier, and was "pretty hooked."[This quote needs a citation] Documents indicated he tested positive for meth. Steed's report said she also found a baggy with white powder and a pipe with meth residue. The court case was not so cut-and-dried. After that driver was charged in Salt Lake County Justice Court with misdemeanor DUI, drug possession and two traffic violations, charges were dismissed in 2011. A court docket says the prosecutor dismissed the charges for "evidentiary reasons."[This quote needs a citation] Attorneys in the case did not respond to messages seeking a further explanation. UHP did not make Nixon available for an interview with The Tribune.

Hamilton said he has been unable to determine how many of Steed's arrests resulted in successful prosecutions. UHP has said it does not have those numbers. UHP is having to defend Steed in the civil rights lawsuit. Fuhr, who may give a deposition in that case, expressed frustration at news reports saying Steed was fired for making false arrests. She was fired for problems with her testimony, Fuhr said, and UHP has not found evidence Steed manufactured evidence. "When these stories go out," Fuhr said of the false arrest allegations, "it hurts every single trooper."[This quote needs a citation]

Lisa Steed was named the Utah Highway Patrol trooper of the year in 2007 for her many many DUI arrests. She was the first woman to receive this award. In court March 27, 2012, Steed admitted she intentionally violated the agency's policies twice during a 2010 traffic stop.

Memorial crosses[edit]

On November 20, 2007, a judge ruled that the 14 white crosses erected by the Utah Highway Patrol Association could remain in place. An atheist group had filed suit, claiming the memorials were a violation of the separation of church and state.[9] However, on August 18, 2010, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the white roadside crosses used to memorialize the deaths of 14 Utah Highway Patrol troopers are unconstitutional, government endorsements of religion on public lands. "We hold that these memorials have the impermissible effect of conveying to the reasonable observer the message that the state prefers or otherwise endorses a certain religion."[10] The Utah Highway Patrol Association had claimed that "roadside crosses, in particular, are secular symbols," and have erected signs saying "not a state endorsement of any religion."[11]

Rogue officers[edit]

Ernest Wilcock[edit]

A former officer from Salt Lake City was convicted of two first-degree counts of rape, two first-degree counts of aggravated kidnapping, one second-degree count of attempted rape and a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault on February 13, 1987. The attempted rape and aggravated assault charges stem from a Feb 8 incident in which Wilcock allegedly demanded sexual favors from Amy Schaefer, 20, of Holladay, in exchange for not citing her for public intoxication. He is accused of firing 13 shots at her when she drove away in his patrol car and called on the car's radio for help. He was found guilty of those charges and sentenced to 5 years in jail.

Safe driving campaigns[edit]

"1-877-JAIL-FON" was a phone number created by the Utah Highway Patrol that allowed people to practice the "one phone call" from jail if arrested for impaired driving. The intention was to get people thinking about the consequences of drinking and driving as well create an open a dialogue between friends. The program targeted the 21-30 age group. Callers selected to speak with a choice of persons who were unhappy about their predicament, and were educated about the consequences of drinking and driving in a humorous manner. The phone number is no longer available.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ ab"USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of Law Enforcement Agencies"(PDF). ojp.usdoj.gov. United States Department of Justice. June 2007. p. 6. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^"Population and Housing Unit Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  3. ^"USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of Law Enforcement Agencies"(PDF). ojp.usdoj.gov. United States Department of Justice. July 2011. p. 7. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  4. ^"Title 53 Chapter 8 Part 1 Section 106". le.utah.gov. Utah State Legislature. 1993. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^"Title 53 Chapter 8 Part 1 Section 105". le.utah.gov. Utah State Legislature. 2005. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  6. ^"SSP Frequently asked questions". www.sspmustang.org. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^"Fallen Troopers". honoringheroesfoundation.org. Utah Highway Patrol Honoring Heroes Foundation. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  8. ^"Officer Down Memorial Page: Utah Highway Patrol". odmp.org. Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  9. ^"UTAH'S CROSS CONTROVERSY". Newsweek. November 16, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  10. ^Falk, Aaron (August 18, 2010). "Judges rule against Utah highway crosses for fallen troopers: Utah's attorney general strongly disagrees with appeals court". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  11. ^utahtrooper.com websiteArchived November 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^"Campaign to fight DUI offers 'jail call'". Deseret News. August 27, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
  13. ^"Jail Fon Gives Drinkers a reality check - KSTU". Fox13now.com. August 27, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
  14. ^"Utahns can now practice DUI jail call". Azcentral.com. Associated Press. August 28, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
  15. ^"New approach to drunk driving prevention". ksl.com. August 27, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
  16. ^"The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  17. ^"New approach to drunk driving prevention". Retrieved April 8, 2016.

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