Weyher admits to reduced charges
November 10, 2006
After Summit County Democratic Party chairman Rob Weyher was accused of assaulting a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol in Snyderville, the politico pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving and attempted assault on an officer, according to court papers.
Prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor charges against Weyher that included interference with a lawful arrest, failure to signal a lane change and speeding.
Terms of the so-called plea in abeyance arrangement Weyher struck with prosecutors requires him pay $1,100 in fines and fees and undergo an evaluation by Valley Mental Health, according to court filings.
To comply with the deal that potentially allows Weyher to avoid jail time and larger fines, the suspect must not break the law for 12 months.
The charges stemmed from a traffic stop a Utah Highway Patrol trooper made near Kimball Junction on April 24.
Weyher was accused of kicking at officers as they attempted to arrest him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Third District Court documents.
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Weyher, a development magnate, operates Weyher Construction Co.
The suspect refused to place his hands behind his back when ordered by an officer at the scene of his arrest, Summit County prosecutor Gus Chin recently told The Park Record. Chin added that Weyher refused to submit to a blood test.
"[Weyher] continued to be uncooperative using vulgar language while making various demands," court papers filed by prosecutors state.
Weyher praised prosecutors Friday.
"I think I was treated very fairly," he said
Neither he nor the Summit County Attorney’s Office wanted the trial to begin before the election, Weyher said.
Meanwhile, to improve Democratic Party unity, Weyher says he is considering resigning as the party’s chief.
"I’d do it in a minute," he said.