Police Make Single Dui Arrest Over New Year's


Payson police officers fired taser shots at a father and son New Year's Eve in an effort to quell a domestic disturbance at a mobile home on West Glade.

Police Chief Gordon Gartner said that when officer Josh LaManna arrived at the scene, he saw two combatants in the front yard of the home and ordered them to separate.


Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner

However, 21-year-old Donald W. Sweatt of Gisela, one of those involved in the altercation, charged the officer, Gartner said.

"The officer fired the taser and (the suspect) went down, as he's supposed to," Gartner said.

Sweatt's father, who was at scene, then charged the officer, grabbing the wires of the taser.

"The officer fired another five-second voltage charge and the father fell down on top of his son," Gartner said. "Alcohol appeared to be a factor."

Gartner said officers suspect there was possibly a party occurring because when police arrived they observed people running out the back of the home.

The 21-year-old Sweatt was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. His father, however, was not arrested or charged.

A medical unit was called to the scene, but neither Sweatt required care, Gartner said.

Although Payson police officers were out in force New Year's Eve in saturation patrols, there was only one DUI arrest.

Ken Dean Hoffman, 43, was arrested about 2 a.m. Jan. 1 and charged with aggravated DUI.

Also New Year's morning, a 17-year-old was charged with minor consumption while operating a motor vehicle.

About 3:30 a.m., police were called to the 200 block of East Cedar to investigate an accident in which a car rammed into a home. The driver fled on foot.

About noon the following day, 20-year-old Michael Don Napolitano turned himself in to police, saying he was responsible for the crash, but panicked and hit his head on the steering wheel, Gartner said.

New Year's Eve, police served narcotic search warrants on Jay B. Weaver Jr. 24, and Jay B. Weaver 43.

The young Weaver was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The elder Weaver was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of dangerous drugs.

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