|Thursday, Dec 29, 2011|
On the evening of Monday, August 8th, ranger Josh Wentz contacted Jamie Holland, 37, for an equipment violation near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Following an investigation, Holland, an Idaho native, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Based on Holland’s previous two DUI convictions, the assistant U.S. attorney transferred the case to the state of Utah. Holland remained in state custody at Purgatory Correctional Facility between his arrest and court date. After waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing, Holland pled guilty to a third degree felony DUI charge (three DUIs within a ten-year period) on November 1st.He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served, a $1500 fine, substance abuse counseling, ignition interlock device in all vehicles, and three years of supervised probation, including the restriction of no alcohol. Within three days of being released from jail, Holland was arrested for violating the terms of his probation by consuming alcohol and being intoxicated. Holland subsequently pled guilty to the probation violation and was sentenced to a year in jail with supervised probation terminated upon his release. All other terms of his sentence remain intact. Zion is one of three parks partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the second year of an impaired driving high visibility enforcement project along with Delaware Water Gap and Great Smoky Mountains. Through the funding assistance of NHTSA, the project at Zion has included increased enforcement during national campaigns and local events, increased media outreach, public education and notification, and partnering with local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and highway safety offices.