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Man in Taser video pleads guilty to speeding

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 11:56 a.m. MDT

The video taken by the dashboard camera on patrol car shows motorist Jared Massey, left, and UHP trooper Jon Gardner during traffic stop Sept. 14 near Vernal. Gardner used Taser on Massey. (Uhp Dashboard Camera) The video taken by the dashboard camera on patrol car shows motorist Jared Massey, left, and UHP trooper Jon Gardner during traffic stop Sept. 14 near Vernal. Gardner used Taser on Massey. (Uhp Dashboard Camera)
ROOSEVELT — The man who created an Internet sensation when he posted his confrontation with a Utah Highway Patrol trooper on YouTube has pleaded guilty to speeding.
Jared Massey entered a guilty plea in Uintah County's Justice Court on Thursday to a reduced speeding charge, a court clerk said. He was ordered to pay a $107 fine.
Massey was originally charged with speeding in a construction zone, which carried a higher fine, the clerk said.
On Sept. 14, Massey was stopped on U.S. 40 near Vernal and cited for speeding. He refused to sign the ticket and argued with UHP trooper Jon Gardner, who ordered him out of the car. Gardner ultimately used his Taser on Massey after Massey failed to comply with commands to place his hands behind his back.
Gardner fired the weapon a second time while Massey was on the ground after the Roosevelt man did not roll onto his stomach.
Massey posted a 10 minute video clip from the trooper's dashboard camera on YouTube, where it became a hit. It was viewed more than a million times and prompted a flood of angry phone calls and e-mails to the Utah Department of Public Safety complaining about Gardner's actions.
A DPS review concluded that Gardner's use of the Taser was justified. An internal affairs investigation report is expected to be issued next week. The Utah Attorney General's Office is conducting its own investigation.
As the Deseret Morning News first reported on Friday, Gardner was required to undergo a verbal communications course before being returned to duty.
Massey said he is still considering a civil rights lawsuit against Gardner and the Highway Patrol.


Contributing: Ben Winslow
E-mail: geoff@ubstandard.com

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