Former Salt Lake City Police Officer Found Guilty of Negligently Operating Vehicle Resulting in Injury

Former Salt Lake City Police Officer Thomas Caygle has been found guilty of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in injury. The verdict was delivered on Monday, Jan. 5, after Caygle faced charges for striking and pinning a man with his car while off-duty.

The incident in question occurred when Caygle rear-ended the victim’s vehicle, prompting both parties to pull over. However, the situation quickly escalated when the victim attempted to open his truck and Caygle allegedly pulled his vehicle forward, trapping the man between the two cars. It was only with the assistance of his girlfriend that the victim was eventually freed.

During the trial, it was revealed that Caygle had admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the crash. However, blood tests also indicated the presence of Xanax in his system, according to court documents. This revelation added another layer of complexity to the case, raising questions about Caygle’s state of mind at the time of the incident.

Caygle’s defense argued that the collision was an unfortunate accident and that their client had no intention of causing harm to the victim. The defense’s stance ultimately resonated with the judge, who determined that Caygle’s actions did not meet the criteria for aggravated assault. However, the judge did find him guilty of negligently operating a vehicle with Xanax in his system.

As a result of the guilty verdict, Caygle now faces a possible fine of up to $2,500, in accordance with Utah State Code. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 11 a.m., where the court will determine the appropriate punishment for his actions.

This case has garnered significant attention due to Caygle’s previous role as a police officer. The incident raises important questions about the conduct and accountability of law enforcement officers, even when off-duty. The outcome of this trial will undoubtedly have implications for the public’s perception of police officers and their responsibilities.

As the sentencing date approaches, the victim and his supporters hope for a just and fair resolution to this traumatic event. Meanwhile, Caygle’s future hangs in the balance as he awaits the consequences of his actions.

 

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