Payson City Councilman Mike Rogers was found guilty Tuesday of drunken driving in a Dec. 3, 1988, incident.
Utah County sheriff's officials who arrested Rogers, 47, in the south part of the county testified his blood-alcohol level was .2 - more than double the legal limit of .08, they said.Justice of the Peace Lamar Horrocks said Rogers was not present for his trial because he was working in Nevada. Rogers' attorney entered a not guilty plea for his client.
Horrocks did not set a date for sentencing, but said he would sentence Rogers within the next 30 days.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000
and/or 60 days in jail.
Payson Mayor Curtis Arrington said the conviction would not disqualify Rogers from sitting on the City Council.
"The only comment I will make is in the press, of late, there have been editorials saying certain behavior is unacceptable in our society," Arrington said. "(Drunken driving) behavior has been judged unacceptable by the courts, and now it needs to be judged unacceptable to the community."