Officials: Man booked into Duchesne County Jail after interfering with evidence, threatening officers at crash scene

Bruce Joe Curry. Photo: Duchesne County
HANNA, Utah, July 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who appeared at the scene of a motorcycle accident that killed three people and critically injured a fourth in Duchesne County on Thursday has been charged with six crimes related to interfering with officers and evidence at the scene.

Bruce Joe Curry, 56, has been booked into the Duchesne County jail on charges of:

  • Reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor
  • Obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor
  • Interfering with an officer, a class B misdemeanor
  • Criminal mischief — human health or safety, a class B misdemeanor
  • Intoxication, a class C misdemeanor
  • Disorderly conduct, an infraction

When police arrived Thursday morning at the crash, on State Route 35 near Hanna, a woman there alerted officers that she had seen a man, wearing a brown baseball cap, who had arrived at the scene and began “tampering with the motorcycles that had been involved in the wreck,” the probable cause says.

The officer was then called away to assist with medical patients because there were so many, the statement says. He assisted with administering CPR.

“Again, I saw the male outside the ambulance, causing a disturbance and creating a hostile environment with witnesses and friends of the deceased and injured parties,” the reporting officer says in the probable cause statement.

“I told him to leave the scene of a tragic traffic collision. I told him to leave the scene of which he was not involved (in) nor witnessed. He said ‘Officer, if you are going to start something, I am going to finish it.'”

Another officer stepped in to assist with the suspect, later identified as Curry, who became combative, the statement says.

“He (Curry) did not want to leave, and instead squared up to me in a position to fight.”

So the two officers each grabbed one of Curry’s arms. Curry resisted, the statement says, so the officers “assisted the male to the ground and successfully handcuffed him behind his back.”

The officers were then able to continue giving aid to a female crash victim being prepared for LifeFlight transport to a hospital, but she died on the way there, the statement says.

The reporting officer then turned Curry over to a third officer, and said he noted a strong smell of alcohol was coming from suspect’s mouth. After concluding the initial crash investigation at the scene, the officer drove to the jail and filed the charges against Curry, he said.


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