A former Utah State Prison enforcement officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four of five misdemeanor charges filed after a North Salt Lake man said the officer pointed a gun at him while driving on I-15.
Jackie Wayne Goode, 34, Layton, was charged in Midvale City Court with assault, reckless driving, threatening with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle and having no Utah registration on his vehicle. He pleaded not guilty to the first four charges and pleaded guilty to the vehicle registration charge, according to a court clerk.Midvale Justice of the Peace Dee W. Alldredge scheduled a Feb. 9 pretrial conference.
Goode is accused of harassing a motorist and threatening him with a handgun while driving south on I-15 near 80th South. The motorist left the freeway at 90th South and drove to the Sandy police station where he told officers a man driving a van with out-of-state license plates pulled into the lane next to him, identified himself as a federal officer, then pointed a handgun gun at the victim when he refused to pull over.
Goode was placed on administrative leave from his job in the enforcement bureau at the prison, then was fired Nov. 15 at the conclusion of an internal investigation, said corrections spokesman Juan Benavidez.