Judge sentences Smithfield man to prison for joyriding while intoxicated

LOGAN — A 30-year-old Smithfield man was sentenced to prison Monday after previously pleading guilty to stealing a car and causing an accident last April.

Zane B. Trivitt stood next to his public defender, Shannon Demler, in 1st District Court.

Last month, Trivitt accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to joyriding, amended to a third-degree felony and driving under the influence of alcohol, a class B misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped five remaining charges.

During Monday’s sentencing, Demler told the court that Trivitt was attempting to end his life when he stole the vehicle on April 5. He said, he suffered from a drug problem but asked the court for another chance.

State attorney Jacob Gordon said Trivitt’s criminal history was concerning. He told the court how the April 5 accident was the second time the defendant had stolen a vehicle and wrecked it. He said Trivitt’s life was a train wreck.

Judge Thomas Willmore agreed with Gordon and said Trivitt was a danger. He said, the public has been lucky no one had been killed yet. He ordered him to serve zero-to-five years in prison and ordered him to undergo treatment while incarcerated.

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