SOUTH JORDAN — A Unified police lieutenant is on paid administrative leave after police say he made a false 911 call on his estranged wife.
Police Lt. Daniel Lee McConkey, 63, of Riverton, was charged Sept. 22 in South Jordan Justice Court with making a false police report, and obstructing justice, both class B misdemeanors.
On Sept. 3, 911 dispatchers received a call of a suspicious vehicle and possible burglary at a house in South Jordan, said South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington. The caller claimed he was a neighbor but said he wished to remain anonymous, according to Pennington.
When officers arrived at the house, however, they could not find a problem. Inside, a woman and her adult son, who owned the house, were unaware of any issues.
The responding officer called the number that had placed the 911 call, and the man who answerd was very evasive, giving "pretty vague" answers, Pennington said. That caused the officer to dig a little deeper and traced the cellphone. It came back to McConkey.
When investigators learned that McConkey was a lieutenant with the Unified Police Department, they contacted administrators there, who told them to continue their investigation, Pennington said.
Detectives soon learned that the woman in the house that day was McConkey's estranged wife. From what South Jordan police could gather, they believe McConkey made the false 911 call to find out what his wife was doing, Pennington said.Comment on this story
"The motivation, from what we've determined, is his estranged wife was over there and he thought something was going on, so he called in to have us find out who was there," he said. "From an ethical standpoint, it makes all of us look bad when you have an officer calling in false reports."
McConkey, a watch commander with Unified police, was placed on paid leave Sept. 11. His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2.
According to court records, McConkey's wife officially filed for divorce on Oct. 6.