The Zone's Spence Checketts resigns following DUI arrest

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  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    March 6, 2018 8:06 a.m.

    @Mr. Partial

    I wrote:
    "There is only one way to avoid a DUI...Never take a sip.
    .05...Bring it on.!"

    you responded:

    Not true.
    Lisa Steed and the UHP arrested plenty of people that weren't drinking.
    Not only did UHP superiors cover it up, they gave her an award.

    Nice deflective straw-man.


    Lisa was also found out and lost her career.
    And those trumped up charges were summarily dismissed.
    Her malfeasance does not negate my points.

    Again....Avoid a DUI ?
    DON'T Drink and Drive !

    And I might add, drive under any impairment, medications etc.

  • Utah033 Clearfield, UT
    March 5, 2018 12:58 p.m.

    Who cares if they've lowered the BAC because apparently even after 4 DUI'S you still able to drive and have no real punishment. Driving 120 MPH sober is reckless but driving that same speed its even worse than reckless and it should be dealt with. Maybe jail time would be better than a fine, with the amount of money in the family a fine doesn't seem like a punishment. I realize in court you cant go with the what if he had killed someone, but lets not get to that point that he does and if he keeps driving eventually well. I wonder how many times through the years he has driven while drunk and not gotten caught. And his job doesn't really matter only sports radio fans will even know who he is so the term celebrity might be a stretch.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    March 5, 2018 12:02 p.m.

    Feel bad for the guy. Feel a lot better for everyone else on the road now.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    March 5, 2018 9:56 a.m.

    We've all known people who were stopped for going five miles over the speed limit
    (yeah, traffic cops don't have ticket quotas, sure) and were cold sober when it happened. But not even Mario Andretti should be driving 120 mph on a public road, and with open beer cans in the car?
    I've always believed if more drivers who speed while drunk served actual jail time...and if it were were publicized... it would discourage other idiots from this behavior. And that might save innocent lives. And is there a higher calling for government than doing what it can to save innocent lives?

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 5, 2018 9:52 a.m.

    At long last,

    Lowering the BAC would generally be combined with harsher penalties and wider penalties.

    The harsh penalties come under the same criticism as the lower BAC, right?

    I agree with you up until you disagree with yourself, sometimes you just can't get through a comment without taking a shot at the local majority, but don't contradict a good point in order to do so.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 5, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    "There is only one way to avoid a DUI...Never take a sip.
    .05...Bring it on.!"

    Not true. Lisa Steed and the UHP arrested plenty of people that weren't drinking. Not only did UHP superiors cover it up, they gave her an award.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 5, 2018 8:26 a.m.

    Well, don't worry about this, the new, improved 0.05 DUI law will take care of it. . . and tourism as well.

    Why is this guy not in jail after four DUI arrests? Why is he still licensed to drive? Why do we not penalize DUI seriously, rather than lower the BAC limit that is nothing other than virtue signalling by the local majority?

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    March 5, 2018 6:57 a.m.

    When I was an Uber driver, I picked him up and safely delivered him to his destination.

    I'm sorry to hear he chose to drive himself this time!

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2018 6:46 a.m.

    It's a waste of human potential that Checkets is abusing his body with alcohol, it's criminal that he is endangering others by getting behind the wheel.

    This man needs serious help!

  • DanB Portland, OR
    March 4, 2018 11:06 p.m.

    I had a sister and brother-in-law killed 37 years ago by a drunk driver. They left behind two daughters, ages 3 and 9 months that were raised by my parents.

    What do we have to do the get people to quit drinking and driving? Run ads? We run them constantly, yet every week we read about another drunk driver killing somebody. Obviously the message is not getting though.

    Arrest and convict? The guy that killed my sister and brother-in-law had multiple DUI arrests and convictions. Even if their licenses are suspended, they continue to drive.

    I hope Checketts gets the help he needs and changes his life. In the meantime, Mr. Checketts, please keep out of the state of Oregon so I don't have to worry about my life and my family's lives.

  • Paysonite Payson, UT
    March 4, 2018 3:38 p.m.

    There is a law against driving under the influence. It is taught in high school driver’s education. There are so many alcohol related questions on the written exam to get a license. It is taught over and over again. No one should be ignorant of the great harm driving under the influence can do. There is no excuse. The first offense should carry a hefty fine and mandatory jail time. The key should be thrown away after a second offense. And, driving down the city freeway at 120 mph? This guy is as dangerous as a gunman shooting into a crowd. Guns don’t do near the damage that inebriated drivers do. Criminals think they are above the law. They do not belong in a law-abiding society. It is too scary to think of what he could have done to me, my family, my friends, or anyone.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    March 4, 2018 1:09 p.m.

    This is sad and disappointing, as Checketts certainly knows better. He is one of the most talented sports commentators in Utah, especially on basketball subjects, and he will be missed on the air if he is not able to return. Spence has the ability to be as good as almost any broadcaster in the business, given his pedigree, intelligence and high interest in sports. But most importantly he needs to figure out what the problem is. He'll have no shortage of prayers on his behalf, but it's up to him to step forward and be the man he is capable of being.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    March 4, 2018 1:03 p.m.

    Reckless and foolish some people are, not to mention dangerous and potentially deadly. some prison time would fit the crime.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    March 4, 2018 11:00 a.m.

    Thank God he did not kill or injure someone.
    He loses his job and Shauna Lake keeps hers?
    Addiction is a scourge. Let's hope he gets some help.
    There is only one way to avoid a DUI...Never take a sip.
    .05...Bring it on.!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    Absolutely inexcusable for both the perp and the legal system. The public deserves better protection by the courts.

  • Newlin Sandy, UT
    March 4, 2018 7:33 a.m.

    It could be any of us on the wrong end of a 3,500 lb. piece of metal smashing into us at 120 mph and I agree, it’s past time for Mr. Checketts’ license to be taken away for a very long time.

    About his time on 1280 The Zone: Although I didn’t care for him and his style at first, over time he grew on me a bit and I thought the way he and Monson did their show worked well. But he threw away the lucrative gig by continuing to do something foolish (and dangerous to the rest of us) and hopefully now will have to more seriously pay the piper.

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    March 4, 2018 7:14 a.m.

    I agree that he should have his license revoked, however this will not stop him from driving. Plenty of people still drive without a license - he needs to be put behind bars and a mandated drug and alcohol rehab facility. He needs help getting his life in order.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    March 4, 2018 6:53 a.m.

    After the second DUI, serious jail time and lose your license for a year. After 3rd, 5 years in prison and no license, ever again. Any more than that, prison for life. That person is a ticking time bomb.

  • LadyMoon Crestucky, FL
    March 4, 2018 6:44 a.m.

    Gee. That’s too bad.

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    March 4, 2018 6:06 a.m.

    I agree with the comments that we are not taking DUI seriously. I am aware of a family member with multiple DUI’s. The court process dragged out for months, during which time he repeated the offense, hence multiple DUI’s. Time was served in jail, but it seemed short and in reality was more of a joke. His life is still a mess, of his own choosing, but the “collateral damage” to family is significant.

    IMO, the legislature does not want to spend the money on secure treatment facilities for alcohol related crimes, and moreover, does not want to prosecute vendors who “over serve” customers. All the while the citizens are killed, maimed and mourn.

    It is my understanding that more people are killed and injured by alcohol-related traffic accidents than gun violence in any given year, yet we ignore the DUI carnage because it is random and wide spread over time.

    My personal choice is to not imbibe. Alcohol is legal and therefore consumable by adults. I just do not want them around vehicles. Conviction of DUI should carry mandatory interlock for at least five years, with AA meeting required.

  • Nunn24 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2018 1:28 a.m.

    Driving 120 is a "speeding infraction," rather than the misdemeanor reckless driving that it is?

    I think Impartial7 has hit the nail on the head.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2018 1:08 a.m.

    This is sad on many levels:

    - DUI should have severe penalties. Loss of driving privileges should be a minimum. Jail time, especially for someone of means, should be part of the penalty.

    - Sad for Spence. Obviously, he’s a mess.

    - Sad for sports fans. He’s the best sports host in Utah, and sadly, he was about the only thing keeping Monson in check.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 3, 2018 10:18 p.m.

    He is entitled to a legal presumption of innocence in this case.

    That said:

    "Checketts has two prior DUI convictions, court records show, and in 2003 pleaded guilty to alcohol or drug-related reckless driving."

    Why does this man still have a driver license?

    One DUI is a mistake. Two DUIs should lead to very serious penalties. And 3 DUI or alcohol/drug-related convictions ought to bring a lifetime loss of driving privileges.

    10,000 DUI deaths a year in this nation and we still can't serious with punishment?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    March 3, 2018 9:41 p.m.

    4th DUI? Driving up I15 at 120 mph?

    Whatever this person's standing in the community, people like him need to be off the roads for the sake of the rest of us!

  • blackattack Orem, UT
    March 3, 2018 9:23 p.m.

    Please, for the sake of the public, take this man’s license away for life. He has willfully endangered people driving drunk four times now, and that is just his convictions.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    March 3, 2018 9:21 p.m.

    What a joke: drunk and driving 120 mph. This guy should never drive again. Prior convictions too. He needs to do hard time.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2018 9:21 p.m.

    No excuse for doing it once. Pathetic

    And to have done it at LEAST 4(likely more not caught) times now? He belongs in prison.

    My cousin was killed by a DUI driver and I have no tolerance.

    This is no different than getting a gun and shooting it randomly with people all around.

    Go to jail and stay there