By Travis Uresk
Duchesne, Co. Ut.- On 6/10/23, around 6:00 pm at approximately milepost 83, a red Ram truck was traveling West in the far lane at a high rate of speed. Deputy Woodhouse checked his radar, showing the truck traveling at 92 mph.
While attempting to pull the vehicle over, the truck increased its speed. The truck then made two lane changes without signaling and continued to travel at a high rate of speed, then stopped very quickly off the shoulder without signaling. Making more than three violations in less than three miles meets the requirements for reckless driving.
Deputy Woodhouse pulled in behind the truck to conduct a traffic stop. The driver was identified as 44-year-old Jeramyah Wilde Prescott. Prescott stepped out of his truck and was having difficulty standing, staggering into the highway. Prescott walked toward the Deputy's vehicle in an aggressive manner in the middle of the lane of travel.
The Deputy exited his vehicle and told Prescott to get off the highway. Prescott stated, "I am fucked. Just take me to jail. I am drunk."
While speaking with Prescott, the Deputy could smell alcohol coming from his person, and it was easy to tell he was intoxicated. Prescott continued telling the Deputy throughout the stop that he was drunk. Prescott was asked to submit to a field sobriety test, but he refused, saying, "I'm fucked. Just take me to jail."
Prescott was asked to shut his truck off, and he struggled to walk back to his truck walking into the highway. When Prescott opened his door, Deputy Woodhouse noticed a firearm and an open bottle of beer in the driver's door. Prescott was taken into custody and placed in the patrol vehicle.
During the investigation, it was found that Prescott was an alcohol-restricted driver and a convicted felon. A search of the truck was done and found the firearm, multiple knives, and marijuana.
The Deputy found through dispatch that the firearm was listed as stolen.
Prescott’s truck was impounded, and he was taken to the Uintah Basin Medical Center for a blood draw and a medical clearance.
During the DUI interview, Prescott indicated that he had been drinking and using marijuana throughout the day.
Prescott first denied the blood draw, but after reading the admonitions, he consented. Prescott was taken to the Duchesne County Jail and interviewed about the stolen firearm. During the interview, he stated he had received a reduction and was not restricted, and he has had the firearm for years.
Prescott wouldn't say where or how he came to possess the firearm. Although Prescott states, he is allowed to have guns due to his getting a reduction. Deputy Woodhouse couldn't find or verify what he said.