Salt Lake City 911 director fired following DUI arrest in city vehicle

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The former Salt Lake City 911 director was fired after he was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski released a statement Thursday announcing Scott Freitag, 48, of Layton, was fired effective immediately after his arrest on January 3.

Freitag was pulled over in Kaysville by a Centerville police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to police, Freitag failed a field sobriety test and had an open container and a gun in the vehicle. At the time of his arrest, he was driving a vehicle issued by Salt Lake City. The responding officer issued a breathalyzer test and Freitag blew a .214.

“There is no acceptable reason for anyone to put innocent lives in danger by getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, especially an individual leading a critical public safety agency,” said Biskupski. “While I am angry and disappointed in Scott’s behavior, I do hope he gets help to address his problems, and that he finds the support of loved ones that he needs at this time.”

SLC911 is telecommunications center where 911 and non-emergency calls are answered, processed, prioritized and the appropriate police, fire, and/or medical resources are dispatched to help. 

Freitag was initially appointed Director of SLC911 in May 2012, by Mayor Ralph Becker. He was reappointed in July 2016. Freitage is also a Latyon City Councilman

SLC911 Deputy Director Lisa Burnette will serve as acting director until a replacement can be found.

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