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A Uintah County man arrested for brandishing a gun at the Ashely Regional Hospital

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut. 9/30/23

Officer Elmer and other Officers responded to a male brandishing a gun at the Ashley Regional Medical Center. The call came in as a male subject pulled a gun on the driver sitting in his vehicle.

Officer Elmer arrived and saw a white passenger car in the hospital's ER driveway with a male subject in the vehicle's passenger seat. Cpl Ross and Officer Elmer had the male subject exit the car when the firearm was spotted beside his thigh between the passenger seat and center console in immediate access.

The passenger was detained and identified as 21-year-old Preston Lane Kelsey by his driver's license, and he was placed into handcuffs while investigating the incident. While Officer Elmer was placing Preston in handcuffs, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Preston.

During the investigation and after talking with the driver and multiple witnesses, it was found that they were at the bar drinking when Preston drank too much and was very intoxicated. Preston attempted to start a fight with others, and the bouncers escorted him out of the bar, where he fought with the bouncers and was then placed into the car.

Preston then grabbed his revolver and pointed it at his head, where he was talked down by one of the witnesses and his friend, who was the driver of the vehicle. They then left the bar and went to the nearest hospital. On the way there, Preston pointed the firearm at the driver of the vehicle and threatened him.

The driver stated that he knew his life was on the line and pulled up to the ER entrance to the hospital, got out of the car, and went into the ER room to report the incident to hospital security, leaving Preston in the car with the pistol.

Preston was informed he was under arrest for Aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. During this time, Officer Elmer could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his breath and asked if he would provide a portable breath test. Preston consented to the breath test and provided a PBT of .187 BAC. Preston was transported to the Uintah County Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, intoxication, disorderly conduct, and carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

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