SOUTH SALT LAKE — The second in command for the Carbon County Sheriff's Office has been charged with "keying" vehicles.

Carbon County Sheriff's Capt. Guy Adams was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief. Two are class A misdemeanors and one is a class B misdemeanor.

On Jan. 5, in the gated lot for Premier Vehicle Installation, 3038 S. State, Adams put scratches on the hood and doors of three vehicles — a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500, a Syracuse police department squad car and a 2006 Ford Expedition belonging to the U.S. Forest Service, causing over $1,500 damage, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.

A report by South Salt Lake police noted that on one of the vehicles, "There were approximately 10 vertical scratches ½" in length on the driver's door."

Surveillance video showed Adams was the only person near those vehicles during the time the damage was believed to have occurred.

Adams and Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova were at the shop that day to have a vehicle of their own repaired. Cordova later confronted Adams about the damage. When asked if he did it, Adams replied, "I don't think I did. ... I don't remember," the charges state

When informed there was surveillance video, Adams allegedly told Cordova, "I'd have to see the video. I don't think I did."

But while Cordova was on the phone with the lot owner, "Adams twice stated that he would pay the damages to make the charges go away," according to the charging documents.

The owner of the lot told prosecutors that Adams contacted him twice offering to pay for the damages and that "if the charges were not dropped he would lose his job."

Adams was placed on paid administrative leave about two weeks ago.

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