Ex-Planning Commissioner pleads guilty in slow-speed traffic accident
Richard Luskin, a former member of the Park City Planning Commission, on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Summit County Justice Court to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a slow-speed auto accident on Main Street on New Year’s.
He pleaded guilty to a count of impaired driving as part of a deal with prosecutors. The prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of text-messaging or e-mailing while driving and failing to stay in one lane as part of the deal. He originally faced a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Judge Shauna Kerr ordered Luskin to pay a $1,040 fine and sentenced him to 180 days in jail. All but one of the days in jail were suspended. Kerr allowed Luskin to perform 24 hours of community service in lieu of the one day in jail. The community service must be completed within 90 days of the sentencing. He was placed on probation for 12 months.
Meanwhile, Kerr ordered Luskin to attend what is known as a victim-impact panel hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He was instructed to complete a class designed for people with drunken driving offenses that aims to discourage repeat cases.
Ryan Stack, a Summit County prosecutor, said the sentence was "consistent" with cases of a similar nature.
Luskin, who is 62 years old and lives in Old Town, drove an Audi A4 into a Park City Police Department sport utility vehicle at a little before 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. The police have said Luskin was driving northbound on Main Street, the downhill direction, when the Audi drifted into the oncoming lane and hit the sport utility vehicle.
Luskin resigned from the Planning Commission earlier in the spring, as the court case against him was pending.
Luskin’s attorney did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
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