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Man States He Doesn’t Remember Driving To Vernal, Thought He Was In Roosevelt

Posted by Travis Uresk | Nov. 10th, 2022 | DUI |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 10/26/22, Around 8:35 pm, Deputy Embleton responded to a call that a male was passed out in his truck, which was still running in front of the caller's home. The caller reported he had attempted to speak with the male to ensure he was alright or needed medical attention.

The caller reported the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and could see several open beer cans inside the truck. He also mentioned the driver passed out while he was trying to talk with him and was afraid he might try to drive off.

When Deputy Embleton arrived, he approached the truck on the driver's side and saw what appeared to be a male sleeping in the driver's seat. In plain site, there were several open beer cans and a partially consumed bottle of Hennessy cognac liquor. The Deputy knocked several times on the driver's side window to get the man to respond. Eventually, the man partially rolled down the window and identified himself as Randon Lee Nakai.

While speaking with Randon, The Deputy could smell a strong odor of both alcohol and marijuana. Randon was asked to shut his truck off and step out of the truck to speak with the Deputy.

When asked if he had been drinking, Randon stated yes in the last hour. Randon had extremely slow and slurred speech and difficulty standing up.

Deputy Embleton asked Randon why he was parked in front of the house. He stated he was waiting for a ride. The Deputy then asked if he knew where he was parked. Randon said he was in Roosevelt. When the Deputy told him he was actually in Vernal, Randon stated he didn't remember driving there and must have done it in his sleep.

The Deputy told Randon due to the strong odor of alcohol and marijuana, and he requested that he complete a standard field sobriety test (SFST). Randon stated he wouldn't complete the test because he had a bad foot.

A records check was done on Randon and returned, showing he had three active warrants, two from the Uintah County Justice Court and one from the Vernal City Justice Court. Randon's driver's license was also revoked due to an alcohol offense, requiring any vehicle he was found driving to be impounded.

During an inventory of Randon's truck, a large bottle containing marijuana, along with an electronic scale, was found.

Randon was taken into custody and searched, and a clear glass pipe with white powder was found in his right leg pocket. When advised of his Miranda rights, Randon stated he didn't want to answer any questions.

Due to the strong odor of alcohol coming from Randon's person, along with the several open and empty beer cans and the partially consumed liquor bottle located in Randon's vehicle, accompanied by his slurred and sluggish speech and his difficulty in standing, along with him not knowing which city he was in. The Deputy determined that Randon would also be charged with DUI, but due to Randon's refusal to complete SFST, Deputy Embleton requested that he submit to a blood draw. When asked if he would submit to a blood draw, Randon stated he would.

Randon was booked into the Uintah County Jail for Driving Under the Influence, Possession Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, along with Operating a vehicle with a revoked license, and Open container.


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