Whether or not former Utah County Republican Party chairman Wayne Watson will lose his driver's license for refusing to take a breathalyzer test won't be known for a few days.
Watson had a close-door hearing before an officer with the state Driver's License Division Monday. Hearing officer Herb Wilson said he would not comment until after his decision was submitted for review.Watson was arrested and cited on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol Aug. 26 after he allegedly made an illegal U-turn before reaching a Utah County sheriff's roadblock in American Fork Canyon.
Arresting deputies said Watson refused to take breathalyzer tests both at the scene and when he was booked into jail.
Watson, a former Utah County attorney, pleaded no contest Sept. 13 to a lesser charge of drinking an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle and was fined $110 by Justice of the Peace Vergil Peterson.
Monday's hearing was separate from the criminal case and was held to decide whether Watson will lose his driver's license for up to a year.
State law allows the division to revoke an offender's license for refusing the take a blood-alcohol test.
How the case was handled became an issue in the race for Utah County attorney when Democratic challenger C. Robert Collins challenged the handling of the case by GOP prosecutor Steven Killpack.
Killpack said the case was handled routinely and that the charges were delayed because the case required "additional investigation."