Salt Lake County Commissioner Dave Watson could be sentenced this week in South Salt Lake Justice Court for his guilty plea to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Watson and his attorney, Ron Yengich, skirted the media Friday afternoon after the commissioner pleaded guilty in 3rd Circuit Court to misdemeanor drug charges. Following those pleas, Yengich told reporters that Watson would also plead guilty to the drunken-driving charges but not until this week.But Watson and Yengich headed straight for South Salt Lake Justice of the Peace George Searle's court, where Watson pleaded guilty after 5 p.m. last Friday, according to a court clerk. Sentencing was tentatively scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Police arrested Watson about 3 a.m. May 15 after observing him drive erratically near 2100 S. State. He was later charged in the South Salt Lake court with drunken driving. Moments after misdemeanor counts of attempted possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed on Friday in 3rd Circuit Court, a special arraignment was scheduled before Judge Roger Livingston, who handed Watson a $700 fine and placed the Democratic commissioner on six months "good behavior" probation.