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West Valley police lieutenant arrested in DUI

SOUTH SALT LAKE — A West Valley police lieutenant is on administrative leave following his arrest for investigation of DUI.

Lt. Kory Newbold was stopped about 11:40 p.m. Saturday on 3900 South near 800 West by Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steve Winward, commander of the highway patrol's DUI squad.

Winward said he had followed Newbold's vehicle for several blocks and witnessed him weaving to the left and right, in one instance kicking up debris on the side of the street.

When Newbold accelerated to 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, Winward stopped him.

Newbold smelled of alcohol, according to Winward, and performed poorly during field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a portable breath test in the field.

"He requested that I let him go and said he was only a couple blocks away (from home)," Winward said. "He said he knew me."

Following his arrest, Newbold consented to a Breathalyzer test. The results of that test are not being released.

When contacted Wednesday by the Deseret News for comment about the incident, West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan, a department spokesman, refused to even confirm that Newbold had been arrested.

"The only thing we're going to release is we have a lieutenant who has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation," McLachlan said.

Newbold was issued a citation for DUI and speeding and was released to his girlfriend. He was not booked into jail for his safety, Winward said.

Newbold has not been formally charged. The case has been referred to the South Salt Lake city attorney for review.

— Geoff Liesik