Riverton man sentenced to jail for drunk driving incident near Tony Grove

LOGAN — A 60-year-old Riverton man, Kenneth C. Comstock, accused of firing a shotgun in the middle of the night near Tony Grove campground and later causing two accidents, all while intoxicated, was ordered to serve two-weeks in jail.

Judge Thomas Willmore said he had never seen a case like it as defense attorney Bryan Sidwell described Comstock’s actions during the early morning hours of July 15.

Sidwell claimed the defendant drove his truck and trailer to the campground to meet a woman. When he couldn’t locate her, he began yelling and fired the gun four times into the ground.

Sidwell said Comstock then began driving back down toward the highway when the trailer he was towing hit a guardrail and overturned, spilling its load onto the roadway.

Prosecutor Jacob Gordon said the deputies reported Comstock continued driving two-and-a-half miles before swerving off the road and striking a tree head-on. He was later found to have a blood alcohol level above the state legal limit.

Comstock told the court he was knocked unconscious after the trailer overturned and didn’t remember driving further.

Gordon said Comstock’s actions were egregious and said it was lucky he wasn’t killed or that other people weren’t hurt.

Judge Willmore ordered Comstock to serve the 14-days straight and didn’t allow him work release. He also ordered him to pay a fine of $1,030 and complete substance abuse therapy while on probation.

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