SALT LAKE CITY — Early on the morning of Monday, February 26, 2018, Spence Checketts was pulled over by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper. He’d been clocked driving 120 mph on the I-15 freeway in the middle of Salt Lake County. The officer spotted an empty beer can on the floorboard in the back seat, smelled alcohol in the vehicle and noticed during a field sobriety test that Checketts had “relaxed facial features” and a “lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes.”
Checketts — a popular sports radio show host with Utah’s 1280 The Zone, a game day analyst for the Utah Jazz’s broadcast team and son of business mogul Dave Checketts — has since lost his dream job, had to sell his home and car to pay for legal fees and rehab, and suffered a blow to his professional reputation all because of his decision to sit behind the wheel and drive while under the influence of alcohol that winter night.
It was the fourth time he’d been charged with a DUI, and the punishment for this most recent crime cost him the successful life he’d made for himself.
It might have also saved his life.
“When I got pulled over, one of