man sentenced for failure to stop, possession of marijuana
April 22, 2009 | LOGAN Stanley Kent Lewis, 47, Smithfield,
was sentenced Tuesday for illegal possession of a controlled
substance and failure to stop at command of law enforcement.
Lewis, who pleaded guilty to both class B misdemeanors
in 1st District Court, was originally charged with seven
counts, three of which -- failure to respond to an officer’s
signal to stop and two counts of assault by a prisoner
-- were third-degree felonies. A plea bargain arranged
between Lewis’ attorney, Justin Bond, and County Prosecutor
Donald Linton resulted in the reduced charges, for which
Lewis will serve five days in Cache County Jail.
Lewis, who was returning to his Smithfield mobile
home when he noticed smoke coming from the area, became
concerned for his family because of propane tanks he
had near the trailer. He thought his home might “blow
up,” his attorney said.
When Lewis reached the neighborhood he saw fire trucks
and police cars and a large group of people in a general
state of confusion. After yelling that he was a resident
from the window of his vehicle, Lewis continued to drive
around the police blockade, having interpreted the motion
of officers as an indication to proceed.
After exiting his vehicle Lewis was tackled by officers,
handcuffed, and shocked by Taser three times, his attorney
said. The incident and ensuing scuffle led to Lewis
being taken into custody, at which time the arresting
officer found Lewis in possession of marijuana.
Judge Allen said he was not concerned with the account
of the incident since Lewis had rescinded his claim
of police brutality and a plea agreement had been reached.
“He admitted being guilty to these charges,” Allen said
in reference to the two class B misdemeanors.
In addition to the five days in jail, which Allen
said Lewis could serve on weekends in order to keep
his job, Lewis will have to pay a fine of $800 and enter
himself in a substance abuse program.