Crime Briefs


Compiled by Becky Ginos

Layton council member investigated for DUI

CENTERVILLE—Centerville police arrested a Layton City Council member last week for investigation of DUI after an officer noticed a car driving erratically on I-15.

Scott D. Freitag, 48, was accused of driving under the influence, having an open container in his car and possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person. According to police, Freitag’s blood alcohol content was allegedly more than 2 ½ times the legal limit.

Freitag currently sits on the Layton City Council and was serving as head of Salt Lake City’s 911 Dispatch Center. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said Freitag had been fired from that position in light of the charges.

Suit filed in jail death

FARMINGTON—The mother of a Davis County Jail inmate who died while in custody has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming more could have been done to save her daughter.

Cynthia Stella and the estate of Heather Miller filed suit last Thursday against Davis County, Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson, jail nurse Mavin Anderson and jail medical supervisor James Ondricek.

Miller allegedly fell from her top bunk at the jail and ruptured her spleen Dec. 21, 2016, according to the state medical examiner. Stella claims officers just moved Miller to another cell with a lower bunk despite the fact her daughter was in obvious pain.

Stella’s attorney said Miller was not brought to the medical area of the jail until almost three hours later, which at that point was too late to save her, he said. She was pronounced dead just after 10 p.m. at a local hospital.

Miller was arrested in Clearfield Dec. 20, 2016 and booked into the jail for investigation of meth and heroin possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 21, Miller fell from her bunk, the lawsuit states. Stella contends the jail staff should have monitored her daughter’s vitals and noticed that she was in trouble.

An investigation conducted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office concluded the death was “not the result of criminal conduct” on the jail’s part.

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