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Information on the following cases was provided by Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Bates.

Alecia Ly Kap, 32, of Morgan, was charged with driving under the influence and several other alcohol-related traffic offenses. On Aug. 31, Kap is alleged to have driven a pickup truck across the Park City Municipal Golf Course. Officers responding to the scene discovered Kap in the driver’s seat. She smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and had slow, slurred speech. Kap agree to submit to a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that the breath alcohol content was .245, more than three times the legal limit. The charge is a felony because Kap was convicted of automobile homicide in June 2009.

Brandalyn Irene Allen, 25, of Fruitland, was charged with two counts of forgery, both third degree felonies. The charging documents allege that on August 15, Allen attempted to buy $230 in goods from the Walmart at Kimball Junction using two counterfeit $100 bills.

Christopher Pacelli, 46, of Park City, was charged with domestic violence-related aggravated assault and committing domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Diana Valerie Scoville, 33, and Matthew John Scoville, 36, both of Sandy, were charged with drug possession and child endangerment. The Scovilles and a small child were in a car that was stopped by a Summit County Deputy because Diana Scoville had a warrant for her arrest. During the stop, the deputy discovered marijuana and methamphetamine in the car.

Melquiades Ramirez Jr., 21, of Park City, was charged with fleeing and theft. On Aug. 31, Melquiades attempted to shoplift two cases of beer from the Fresh Market in Park City. A store employee saw Melquiades and called 911. A Park City Police officer located Melquiades in car not far from the store. When the officer activated his overhead lights and stopped the car, Melquiades jumped out of the car and ran on foot. The other occupants in the car called Melquiades on a cell phone and persuaded him to return to the scene where he was then arrested.

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Nereida Perez, 34, of Bell, California, was charged with narcotics trafficking and child endangerment. On Sept. 2, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped Perez and her seven- year-old son on Interstate 80 in Summit County on suspicion of speeding. During the stop, the trooper smelled marijuana coming from the inside of the car. He searched the car and discovered approximately 50 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the car.

Todd Alexander Brannigan, 44, of Park City, was charged with domestic violence-related crimes of aggravated assault and damaging a communications device.

Vicente Ramos, 41, of Salt Lake City, was charged with drug trafficking. On Sept. 3, a Sheriff’s deputy stopped Ramos on I-80 in Summit County for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, the officer discovered two pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the passenger front seat.

On Monday, Sept. 16, the Utah Third District Court sentenced Jennifer Lopez, 31, of Salt Lake City, to a suspended prison term, three years supervised probation, a $1,500 fine and 63 days home confinement for DUI. Lopez pleaded guilty to a felony DUI after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper saw her weaving back and forth in Browns Canyon and stopped her on suspicion of DUI. Lopez had slow, slurred speech and told the trooper that she "had too much to drink." Lopez submitted to a blood test, which revealed that her blood alcohol content was .30, almost four times the legal limit. Lopez’s DUI was a felony because she had twice before been convicted of DUI.

On Monday, Sept. 16, the Utah Third District Court sentenced Robert G. Weiner, 74, of Park City, to a suspended jail term, 12 months probation, a $200 fine and 50 hours of community service for fleeing from the police. Weiner pled guilty of attempted fleeing, a class A misdemeanor, after he ran a roadblock in Promontory Community during the Rockport Estates fire.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, a jury in the Utah Third District Court found Steven Winslow Yates, 49, of Wanship, guilty of failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, a third degree felony, driving on a revoked license, a class B misdemeanor, and two other alcohol-related misdemeanor driving offenses. Charges were filed against Yates after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop Yates in the early morning hours of March 14, 2012, on suspicion of driving on a revoked license. Yates ignored the trooper’s lights and siren and led the trooper on a high speed chase up Tollgate Canyon. The trooper eventually terminated the pursuit because he lost sight of Yates, but later found Yates’ car abandoned at a vacant residence at which Yates used to live.