Plaisted apparently had been taking medication for knee
I think that publishing a story about this is nothing more than sensationalism.
How does she ever live this down? Let the officer finish his paperwork and the
city officials make a decision before she is paraded around in public.
Fortunately she didn't plow into a minivan full of kids!
What a feather in this officer's cap to "arrest" Trest Plaisted's wife. You can
bet that she would have been given a ticket for failure to stop, and let go if
she hadn't been Lacey Plaisted. But, she was and this officer saw a chance to
"arrest" her and WHOOEEE charge her with DUI. What a travesty. I'm
sorry she was hurt. I'm sorry she happened to be driving on a painkiller. She
shouldn't have been probably. But, if she was accustomed to having a "drug" in
her system she wouldn't have been impaired. Because she wasn't she didn't know
how she would respond. She had one drug. A legally prescribed medication, for an
injury. Why ruin her life, and cause problems for Trent, just to make this
"FEMALE" officer look tough on DUI. What a travesty. What a joke. Was it also
because she is a BYU student. I think maybe the department should be
sued. I'm offering to help you Lacey. Be in touch.
Talk about a non story. She is very pretty though, and has a nice smile. Not
your typical mug shot.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY COMMENTS ABOUT THE MORMONS I MEAN , WHY IS IT THAT THE
MINUTE SOME NEIGHBOR OR MYSTERIOUS MAN/WOMEN DUI IT'S LIKE BIG DEAL , BUT WHEN A
MORMON MALE/FEMALE IS INVOLVED IN SOMETHING IT HITS THE NEWS LIKE PARIS HILTON'S
OR EVEN ANGELINA AND BRAD'S NEWS . LOTS OF PRIVATE I'S OUT THERE , AS LONG AS
YOU DONT COMMENT ON THE 7 DAYS ADV. SISTAS AND BROTHAS.. WINK WINK!!
And this is journalism because ....? And this is newsworthy because ....? If
Mr. Hancock does not have anything better to do, perhaps he could moonlight for
the National Enquirer.
Why is this unsustained allegation being reported at this point with the
headline itself being misleading? It borders on "slander" in the legal context
of that word.
Is this really necessary to put in the paper and on-line? Where is the story?
Just an attempt to embarrass someone?
Are you saying her name is changing to Lacey Plastered?
This is news?
Jacob Hancock and DNThank you for bringing this important story to our
attention. The Ute fans were running out of things to mock at BYU. When I saw
your headline I immediately had to see which BYU player was drunk next to her in
the car. Because of your inCITEful investigative reporting and
attention-grabbing headline, Mrs. Plaisted and her husband can be smeared in
public for the rest of his BYU career. We are in your debt. Seriously, do you reporters get some kind of bonus for inventing headlines
that will be in the top-10 most popular stories of the day? This story did not
deserve to make the Springville Green Sheet.
DMN - Did you really need to print this? This is not news and really borders on
gossip and character assassination.
This is a smear campaign and she's been singled out because of her husband. I
hope that Trent Plaistead stops giving interviews and comments to the Deseret
Brand new low for Utah media and the Deseret News, who are always head hunting
BYU athletes for mud dragging news. Now they are going after spouses.This is a crime that is committed so many times through out the state, but its
now big news because it affects a BYU athlete? Grow up deseret news and I hope
you lose some media credentials from BYU because of this, and you should. This
Knee pain is terrible! I don't think the joint was designed to put up with the
kind of abuse we give it by running and playing sports.I wish the best for
Lacey in this challenge. It's too early to draw any assumptions about her guilt
or the circumstances of this incident. Let's have some sympathy.
To say that taking vicodin (I assume that is the narcotic) is similar to a six
pack of beer is just wrong. I could understand that if she were on morphine at
like 8-10 mg and were gorked out. Sometimes officers try to play pathologist
and cause a lot more harm than good. They aren't trained physicians in any
sense of the word.
This is a fair warning to all of us. We need to heed the warning: "Do not
operate heavy machinery while using this drug"
Mr. Harmon.I usually enjoy your columns but this one is ridiculous.Yes, you can put some blame on the Plaisted's for even talking to the media
and letting the media have an opportunity to make it into a "story" but you have
to be kidding me that you got off your comfy chair at home to drive down to
Provo so you could write this story that, if it happened to you, you wouldn't
want anyone to know about because it's NOBODY'S BUSINESS!The girl made a
big mistake, yes. But just because she's the wife of a BYU player is just sick
of you to go and make money off of it.I don't think I'm alone when I say
I'm absolutely sick and tired of the media making "stories" out of things that
can totally destroy people and you can sit back and get readers and advertizers
to pay for your disrespectful acts.Was there no GOOD news going on in the
city to report? I guess not, cause no one ever looks for it. nor does it make
any money anymore
Mr. Harmon, Is this really necessary??! Let me be the first to comment (and I'm
sure there will be others that follow) that publicly smearing the wife of a
collegiate athlete like this is totally inappropriate. It's a non event. Give me
a break. Pathetic. I hope Trent never takes an interview from you.
Unless it is an actual player, I could care less. Just because Dick Vitale has
a crush on her, doesn't mean she needs to get all this attention. What she did
was wrong (driving while impaired) but don't give her the same media attention a
Shame on you! This is not news! This could happen to any of us. Do you folks
like ruining the lives of wonderful people. I don't know the Plasisted
personally and I am not a BYU fan, but this kind of reporting makes me sick. You
reporters need to get a life! I would expect better from the Deseret News.
check that, Mr. Harmon (contributor) AND Mr. Hancock (author)... pathetic.
I think the reason why mormons get much media attention for mistakes made is
because they act self rightous.
3 surgeries on a knee? Get a new surgeon. Try Dr. Looby at the Orthopedic
Institute in Sioux Falls. His professionalism is the highest, and you will find
out the true nature of your problem. By the way, you are on workman's
comp? You should have a counselor helping you. Injury at work, have workman's
comp help you out.
This is a RIDICULOUS STORY.. I agree with all others here that its not news and
just sensational journalism.what a JOKE -
This is an embarrassment to the Provo community. Oh no, not the wife of the BYU
player. I mean this article. It is shameful and was only written to stain the
name of these good people. Shame on you!
Shame on you and the Deseret News! I personally know Lacey. She is one of the
kindest and most genuine people I know. Of course, she shouldn't have been
driving on her knee medication, but your article was borderline slander. Come
on, DUI probe? Was that really a necessary headline? It's articles like this
that make me ashamed for my profession. I have enjoyed reading the Deseret News
for years and this article does not fit well with it's fine reputation.
for writing this story. C'mon guys, you can have more class than that!
I recently recieved a DUI for for driving while haveing a bad reaction to a
prescription medication, was not warned by the druggist or Dr. because, while
this reaction can happen, it is very rare.I paid my fine, did my
jail time, community service, probation and took classes with drinkers, drug
addicts, meth addicts and lost my license. My insurance is now sky high.It is a huge financial burden, and all my Dr. could say was "wow".What was interesting is that while I was going through this, so many
people I knew, and would have never even guessed, admitted that they and others
had recieved DUI's for the sme reason. The penalties are high, and you are are
pretty much forced to "plea out" or risk huge fines and serious jail times. I'm
sure the honest way out is to fight it, but the risk is too great.I
for one am happy they published this article. Maybe people will wake up and
realize this is how our state makes a "great" deal of money, going after
professional people responsible enough to clear things up, instead of trying to
chase down homless junkies.There's Money in it.
Mormons do not "act" self righteous.They are really just better than
If the practice is to print it when convicted of driving under the influence of
a drug, then print it when convicted. I doubt the practice is to print it when
arrested. Looks like the only reason this got published [with her photo
also] is because she is the wife of a BYU Athlete. She is presumed
innocent until proven guilty. She is NOT a public figure by virtue of her being
married to a student athlete. I am waiting for an article about the writer
which unnecessarily exposes the writer to public examination. If not for the
fact she is married to a player, no one would read this ridiculous article. How
about an article which explains that driving under the influence of a
prescription drug is a crime. No need to defame the person who was arrested.
So we all know that Trent's wife got booked, had her mug shot taken etc. How
nice that we know that. Get a life. Or better yet, get another job.
I saw the news on KSL last night realizing why they were reporting this silly
news. I worried sick if Deseret News going to do the same. Do Medias get paid
for reading our comments. Get a life you jokers and hope the Plaisted will just
move on with better life. Play well Trent and let the past go :)
JACOB HANCOOK UP A GOOD STORY SHOULD BE FIRED
For everyone who is saying this is not news-worthy, take a look and you'll see
you've contributed to making this the #2 most viewed story. So there you have
it - as long as stuff like this is going to be the #2 most viewed story, how can
you blame the DN for giving its readers what they want? Thanks for reporting on
this, DN! Until we collectively stop caring about crap like this, my guess is
that such "news" will be reported. These guys are out to sell papers, after
all, and this stuff obviously is selling.
Wow. Just wow. Pretty sleezy journalism here Jacob. I wonder how your wife
(yes, I realize this may be a hypothetical here...maybe even likely one) would
feel if she was abused by the local media in being singled out just because
she's married to someone famous.Deseret News, this is really tabloid
reporting. Since I don't read tabloids, I guess I'm not going to read the
Deseret News for quite a while. Maybe it's just a personal problem that I have
in holding grudges for so long, but whatever money you were making off of my
readership is now going to go elsewhere. You can change all that if you print
an apology to her for abusing her to make money.
only in utah
I'm starting to have scond thoughts about visiting Utah again. Your cops have
gone berserk. Taser some one for no good reason. Stop another for taking
medication. Hope I don't get a cold if I come back cause if I take some cough
medicine I might get life. No wonder so much of the U.S. of A. population is in
to mhe:Don't try thinking again. You're a failure at it. If you can't
provide any valid comment just shut up because you will once again reveal how
moroic you really are. If you feel the need to display your ingnorance do it on
the Salt Lake Tribune's site because your comments will totally fit in with all
the other worthless posters there.
Necessary story. Important too. If they had NOT reported it as many of you are
saying they should not have done, then the story would have come out that it was
being "McMahnoned" or covered up.Lacey enjoyed -- and so did we --
the coverage she got on ESPN with Dicky V. With such positive coverage comes the
flip side when something happens. Trent is now a national story as is his wife.
Welcome to Celebrity-ville.Lacey sounds like a wonderful woman and
my estimation of Trent has risen. Don't bash the D-News and all the other
outlets just for doing their job.The Plaisteds will be fine. Nothing
reported is injurious. In fact, only the sheriff looks petty. Simply pulling her
over for erratic behavior and helping her out would have been enough.
"JACOB HANCOOK UP A GOOD STORY SHOULD BE FIRED"I believe his name is
Hancock, and um, he's doing his job, reporting on police matters of interest for
the newspaper. Sorry it happened to be about some BYU player's wife. Grow up.
The Dnews editor who pushed to make this a big story, like she's a hardened
criminal, made an embarrassing decision for the paper. There should never have
been a story written on this period, yet alone a lengthy one like this.
Honestly, it's very sad and pathetic that the editors don't have better judgment
Are you kidding me? Last I checked, this story was about someone driving under
the influence (allegedly, of pain killers) who just happened to be the wife of a
BYU athlete. OH NO! you all are clamoring, THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING, NOT TO OUR
CHOSEN PLAYERS! If you're little lives are so predicated on the unfortunate
choices made by someone else (and it was pretty stupid to be driving on vicodan,
or whatever is was, which is against the law when causing impairment, again, the
story), well, that's just sad. Reporters on the cop beat scan court dockets,
police logs and any other PUBLIC documents for their beat. It's their job. Or
they get a tip from someone. Maybe next week it will be about Brian Johnson's
mother. Will that make you all happy and restore your testimonies? Give me a
Trent and Lacey, no need to think this story makes you look bad. It's obvious
that the only one who looks foolish here is the paper for writing such a
ridiculous story. Everyone can see that. So Plaisteds, hold your head up high.
I am going to cancel my subscription on Monday morning. This article is
pathetic. Targeting a collegiate athlete's wife?? And what exactly has she
CONVICTED off?? nothing. These are the types of things that make me occasionally
embarrassed to be a part of the Utah Valley community. Shame on Hancock, Harmon
Disgusting piece of sensationalism designed to do nothing more than get a
headline at the expense of a nice kid. What she did was something most people
have likely done before. Have you ever taken a cold medication or pain killer
and then driven somewhere? Who hasn't? This would be a story if she had been
drinking or was abusing drugs illegally but this? Shame on the paper, the
editor, the writer and anybody else involved in this hatchet piece. Total
Truly disappointing on so many levels... I hope Trent refuses to address the
DMN media for the rest of the year.
Shame on DMN! at 10:30 a.m. said: ... "Targeting a collegiate athlete's wife??
And what exactly has she CONVICTED off??" ...This comment is off
topic and should be removed. Nowhere in the story does it say police, the city
of Springville, the DMN, the writer, Ute fans, neighbors, business or civic
leaders, truck drivers, rock stars OR ANYONE ELSE was "targeting" this woman or
that she was "CONVICTED".My on topic comment: Good reporting, I
would want to know if there are people in my neighborhood driving around on
painers so that I can be more aware of it and avoid being outside. In fact,
cancel my subscription, too--to the human race! hahaha
I understand that they are not members of the LDS church. This is not a
"Mormon" issue. Its a bad article and terrible commentary.
Now this is Purlitzer Prize material. I fear that in the effort to never appear
to give preferential treatment to BYU the D-News look for ways to demonstrate
their "toughness". In doing so, all that happens is the D-News looks stupid and
they give credence to the perception that they are the 2nd string paper. Does
Dean Singleton (SLTrib) have higher publication standards than the D-News?News tip.. I saw 3 BYU students drinking non-caffiene free Pepsi
yesterday. Front page material!This will not help circulation!
This article troubles me.The officer did the right thing pulling over
someone whom they thought was a problem on the road. Someone who is even the
slightest impaired should not be driving, and potentially hurt themselves or
others. Good job to our alert law enforcement! Thank you for keeping us
safe.However, what troubles me is the sensationalism of the article.
The reporter, Jacob Hancock, found a name he recognized and decided to run with
the story - even if the name he found is the wife - not the player. Mr. Hancock
and his editors have every right to print any story they want if they have the
facts, no matter the consequences. Sadly, now Trent and his wife be suffering
... Plaisted. ;-)
why is everyone arguing as if this is unique to Utah...driving under the
influence of medication whether or not its legally prescribed is still illegal.
Ever read the warning label saying should not operate a motor vehicle or heavy
machinery while on this medication on the bottle? If it was affecting her
driving she should be arrested, the only reason this should be unique to Utah is
because Utah is the number one abuser of prescription medicine and honestly I'm
shocked and some what bothered that more people aren't being arrested for this
because it can become a huge problem.
The thing that troubles me is that if a member of Jacob Hancock's family was
arrested for the same offense, WOULD HE WRITE A STORY ON THEM? WOULD THE D-NEWS
CONSIDER WRITING ABOUT "THE WIFE OF A D-NEWS REPORTER WAS ARRESTED IN A DUI
PROBE?" I THINK NOT.Maybe the D-News and it's editorial staff should
more carefully consider the level of which they will consider who qualifies as
Every time I travel to Utah, I see drivers swerving all over the road. I think
its either a bad driver's ed program or maybe they are looking at the mountains
or something.Where I stay, if you take your eye off of the road, you
could be down a 30 foot embankment right into a tree.Its not the
drugs, its a bad drivers ed system.
"These are the types of things that make me occasionally embarrassed to be a
part of the Utah Valley community. Shame on Hancock, Harmon and DMN."A newspaper makes you embarrassed? A story in the newspaper makes you
embarrassed? That's very telling. What, are you related to the writer? Or
editor? Or you work for the paper? Because then, maybe. But if not, wow. Sad.
It is not a crime to use painkillers.
You guys are unreal. Because its Trent Plaisteds wife you are all going to
defend her??? She was doing something ILLEGAL!!!! My friend was busted for the
same thing and guess what... the next day there was an article in the standards
examiner about it with his name. He wasnt a celebrity and he was taking zanax,
much less controlling than a poin killer. She should be on here, look at all
the other articles on people for smaller stuff than this on here everyday, do
you defend them? no, but because its Trents wife you do? Typical double
I bet she was on meds when she married Trent too! She is very good looking...
She should not have been driving if she was taking pain killers, PERIOD. She is
lucky she didn't kill anyone.
I am ashamed that the DMN would post this story. Naturally, taking heavy pain
killers and driving is wrong as the warning labels indicate, but trying to
slander someone for something that was likely an honest mistake is even more
wrong. Maybe and only maybe if she had been under the influence of alcohol or
an illegal drug should this have even been considered for a story. Let the
Plaisted's handle this problem without being humiliated by the media. DMN
should post a public apology to the Plaisted family. Shame on you DMN for
allowing such muckraking to go on in your paper. You lose credibility with
things like this.
"Have you ever taken a cold medication or pain killer and then driven somewhere?
Who hasn't?"Me. I tend to read the label on any medication I take
and avoid "operating heavy machinery" (like a car) or whatever it says. In the
event I plow into someone IMPAIRED! Kudos for the cop getting her off the
Where is a shred of integrity in this article? I would give more credibility
to Lacey than to the officer or reporter of this article, and I don't know any
of them! Especially the arresting officers comment on the "six pack".
Contrary to many of your comments, folks, driving while on prescription pain
killers IS a crime. It does not matter if you are accustomed to the drug. Take
this as a lesson and don't do it.
The Deseret Boring News has one too many bored reporters. This would be an
absolute non-story if it were the wife of a Utah State, Weber State, or UVU
Sensationalism at its best. That headline is so misleading. The writers, editor,
copy editor, whoever - You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves. I am so glad I
am no longer in teh journalism industry. What a joke....
I am sorry that this young women has been injured but drivng while under the
influence of a narcotic (prescribed or not) is a crime. Driving erractically is
a dead give away to the police that something may be wrong. There stories about
people being arrested for driving under the influence every dya unfortuneatly
there aalso stories everyday about people being killed by people driving under
the influence. To "feather in the cap" your comment that because she had been
taking this drug her body was used to it so she was not impairedis a load of
crap. I used to drink a quart of rum a day and my body was used to it but I sure
as hell was impaired when I got behind the wheel. This all boils down to a bunch
of people (BYU fans?) not wanting one of their own being charged for making a
mistake. I hope her surgey goes well and she won't need to use drugs for pain
anymore. It's a first offense so she will get a slap on the wrist (as most first
time offenders do). Just remember that Utah is the number one state for
prescription drug abuse.
Nice attack on the writer's personal life. So am I to assume that by your
username you are a washed up, womanizing, alcoholic and abusive has-been
musician? Nope. I am not. Neither should you.Good job, cops. DUIs
are not always about alcohol.
Having grown up in Pocatello and played basketball with Lacey's brother, I can
assure you that they are both LDS (Trent and Lacey). I can also assure you that
being or not being LDS is no indicator or precursor for behavior bad or good.
It's just a difficult situation that technically falls into a legal gray area.
There isn't really a standard 'blood-vicodin level' that can be entered into
evidence, and my prediction is she'll be cited for running a stop sign.
When the occasion arises, yes, even journalists are written about in the
newspaper for illegal behavior or embarrassing choices. Do some research before
you just spout it.The level of newsworthiness rose when it was
discovered as to whom the person was related to. Sorry if you don't like it,
that's life. Now go back to reading your latest issue of People magazine or
finding articles about Lindsey Lohan's rehab in Provo.
"Maybe and only maybe if she had been under the influence of alcohol or an
illegal drug should this have even been considered for a story."Re-read before you react. The cop pulled her over for suspicion of DUI. She
was booked into jail. Released on bond. Sounds like she did something to warrant
all that. Newsworthy? Nah. Oh wait, you're all reading this, so it must be.
By the way, I couldn't find an article about this in the Trib. Kudos to the
Deseret News for reporting on one of its own.
"I am so glad I am no longer in teh journalism industry."It's
"whomever", and "the", not "teh". Thanks for bowing out of the industry.
Rude. This article is just plain rude on any level, and there simply was no
reason for its being published. Yes, the DMN owes the Plaisteds an
She is accused of breaking the law. I would hope that the police are doing
their job and keeping citizen (a & children) safe from impaired driver (whether
lacey or the Van Dykes of the county) Also, this is a story because of who she
is married too. They are 'public figures'. If they do not like it, trent can
quit b-ball and go work at Pep-boys, problem solved. I doubt he will quit, so
everyone calm down and act like reasonable adults. If she is guilty, she will
hopefully receive the appropriate punishment and move on with her life. Story
I'm not sure that I understand why everyone is upset. Should she have not been
arrested because she was the wife of a BYU athlete? She was arrested for
DUI/drug. It is no different than DUI/alcohol. Either one can impair. She was
stopped because the officer observed her failing to stop at a stop sign. I
would almost guess that the officer didn't have a clue who they were stopping.
Clearly her judgment was impaired. Had she harmed your families while DUI I'm
sure you would feel different about it. I'm sure they are both very nice people
but she made a bad judgment call and it could have affected the lives of others.
This kind of stuff is reported all the time where I'm from. It shouldn't matter
if they are pros or college athletes, or Joe Blow. We should be grateful that
the dangers of DUI/drugs been brought to our attention. If it stops just one
person from being hurt, we should thankful. Lacey should acknowledge that she
was wrong and encourage all of us to think twice before we make that choice.
Maybe it was a slow day for DN, we're all wiser today.
Major disappointment. As a California Cougar Fan, I am typically excited to read
online the Deseret News for the BYU news. This was not necessary. I would be
disappointed if Trent gives any more quotes to the Deseret News. I'm going to
log in now and bookmark the Salt Lake Tribune site and erase my Deserted News
link. Hope to see you over there Trent.
Deseret News: You're job is to report the news, not be the news. The story here
is not about Lacey, it's about the DN (and KSL) choosing to publish this
worthless piece. We're not talking about a college athlete, we're talking about
the athlete's wife. His wife?? His wife?? Who cares! Leave family members
alone. Lacey Plaisted is not a celebrity. Get off it Deseret Enquirer!
Quit justifying everything for her. Whether it was alcohol or prescription
medication being taken properly, she still drove under the influence and ran a
stop sign. She broke the law. She needs to pay the consequnece. She shouldn't
have gotten behind the wheel. Quit playing the martyr cougar fans.
"Quit justifying everything for her"People aren't justifying DUIs.
They're complaining that the Deseret News thinks putting the spotlight on an
amateur athlete's wife (of the many DUIs every month) is news worthy.I agree with the above: "Deseret Enquirer"
Jacob Hancock should be fired for his outrageous journalism. and probably his
editor as well if he saw this before publication. The arresting officer can
perhaps be excused because the driving might not be distinguishable from alcohol
related. But shame, shame on the reporting. DUI means only one thing to the
average reader. I have been a lifelong reader of the Deseret News but I expect
far better of a paper that I have, until now, always respected.
Mormons are better than non-Mo's? That is a pretty subjective comment. It's
comments like that that make this such headline news. If you preach to live the
"better" life, than do it. If you don't and get caught doing something illegal,
expect it to be noted.
OK I get it now. I think we should let BYU fans decide what the D-News should
publish. Would it have been news if she would have hit someone in her car? What
would have happened if she would have killed someone? Comments attacking the
reporter is just plain stupid. I think BYU fans are just mad because he makes
the athletic program look bad. This is news because she is married to a star
athlete. There is nothing wrong with that. Society puts more scrutiny on public
people. Mrs. Plaisted didn't mind being on ESPN during a basketball game. If she
didn't want the spotlight, she could avoid it.I think we should
publish all DUIs in the paper. Maybe this epidemic will stop. Hopefully she can
bring to light the issue of people who drive with prescription drugs in their
Fired? For "outrageous journalism"? Really? Right, what the writer did was so
much about life and death, like an air-traffic controller sleeping on the job,
or a drug-maker lab scientist fudging chemistry, or ... a cop not catching when
a driver is impaired and gets them off the street. Excellent logic. Seems to me
this story has, at least on this board, reinforced the fact that driving
impaired WHOEVER YOU ARE and WHOEVER YOU ARE MARRIED TO is illegal. But you
still want this poor schmuck's head on a platter? What, are you a relative of
the Plaisteds, or just a card-carrying season ticket holder? GET.OVER.IT.
I know most of Utah county is on some sort of pain medication, but you are not
allowed to drive a car if you are taking them. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! Get over
it Utah County. She drove when she wasn't supposed to and she obviously showed
signs of being impaired for a police officer to pull her over. Justifying her
actions by saying the "were just painkillers" is just plain stupid. They are
classified as Narcotics for a reason.
Thank you Tim K. Your voice of reason is welcome in this board's dearth of
understanding.To BYU/Plaisted fans: You're people aren't perfect.
Quit expecting that when bad things happen to them for it to just be brushed
underneath the carpet or for a medium to bury it's ostrich head into the sand in
ignorance. This has become news not because of the DUI, alleged, event, but now
because of all of your collective furor over it. Congrats. Hope it makes
In case you don't know how newspapers work, I'm sure this was not Hancock's
decision to write this, or even Harmon's. There had to be some gung-ho editor
who gets all hyper over sensational journalism who pushed this through. I'd like
to see the Dnews post the editor's name on this comment page who made the
decision to make a story out of this. That person deserves the most
KSL breaks the story and Des news runs with it, while the Tribune (so far) has
stayed out of it. I was very surprised this was the lead story on the KSL 10 pm
news last night. Dick Nourse would have never stood for that. He really knows
how to have good time and could have appreciated her dilemna when she had to
drive to the drugstore for a refill. I still don't call it news. If she was
driving impaired, the case should be handled accordingly. If you drink, don't
drive. If you've on narcotic pain meds, the same rules apply. Now, I'm going
to pass some judgement. If this was her third ACL tear she was not a newbie to
the effects of prescription pain meds.
I too am confused as to why so many apologists are upset with the author and
with the DN for publishing this. It must be that BYU fans are wanting to defend
their player and his wife, and think if they do anything wrong it shouldn't be
reported because it might tarnish BYU's image. AFter all, they think their
athletics program is a "missionary tool," so articles like this can't help bring
too many into the church.
Deseret Morning News,This is the lamest article ever printed. Wow.
You are risking future interviews fromone of BYU's biggest basketball
stars. Nothing has even been charged. The report hasnt even been
filed.Whats next, "Provo Police patrol car drives slowly past
house of BYU player, drugs/violence/and other bad things suspected, Read about
it here in the DMN."DMN, this is a sad day for your spiraling
Take it from someone who knows by BAD EXPERIENCE, You can't TRUST the Police,
and you can't trust the Legal System Period! All they care about it another
"Notch" in their belt. They have taken law enforcement from "Caring" to
"Imparing" the public! What happened to the day when you trusted a police man
and the department to HELP YOU OUT, when you could answer questions HONESTLY
when questioned! NEVER EVER COOPERATE WITHOUT A LAWYER When it comes to the
Police! If you dig into the lives of policemen you will find they have just as
many or MORE problems as a normal person or family. Especially with CONTROL and
Anger problems within the family and with the spouse. That is the fact, but they
keep that hidden when fellow police men are called in. By the way, where was the
follow-up story on the D.A. lawyer arrested last year for DUI? Never saw it?
These things are always swept under the rug and done away with privately. I bet
he still works in the Salt Lake County D.A.'s office! When the beam in in
Im switching over to the Trib. At least I get what I expect from them. Goodbye forever DMN. You just lost a reader withthis worthless
Definition of DUI: The crime of operating a motor vehicle while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs, including PRESCRIPTION drugs. Complete
intoxication is not required; the level of alcohol or drugs in the driver's body
must simply be enough to prevent him from thinking clearly or driving safely.
State laws specify the levels of blood alcohol content at which a person is
presumed to be under the influence. Had she hit a bus full of
missionaries and killed them what would your reaction be then?
Just helping mhe justify their bigoted position. Anything happens, people say
mormons are self-righteous and arrogant.I figured if that is the
position, might as well support them so they can at least feel justified. If you
feel LDS are better than you, they probably are. See, I think your
post was arrogant, self-righteous and judgemental, and I think you feel that you
are better than all LDS.As for me, I do live a better life, so don't
lecture to me.
I guess we should just be glad she wasn't tased.
I don't understand the outrage towards the reporter about this particular story.
There are hundreds of stories in the Deseret News archives on DUIs for 2007
alone. Many of those stories were filed when the suspect was arrested; why
should they have waited until a conviction in this case? Drivers can be as
impaired on prescription painkillers as on alcohol; that's why hospitals refuse
to let you drive yourself home after treatment if you still have such
medications in your system. As for Mrs. Plaisted only being *related* to
someone famous, that never stopped BYU fans from attacking Shelley Meyer.
(Google her name at CougarBoard, if you don't believe me.)
Kudos to the D-news for running this story. ITS
DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She didnt steal a pack of gum. DUI DUI
DUI!!!!! She ran a stop sign while impaired. What if it had of been a red light
in a busy intersection? Is it still ok? I dont see her denying anything, so to
the posts knocking the law and saying nothing was filed is rediculous. She
admitted to being on them. Thank you BYU fans for making us look even more self
righteous. I suppose when the football team raped a girl that shouldnt have
been news either right? cuz it was never proven??? Well this WAS proven. This IS
illegal. Its not some hearsay stuff. You make all members and Cougar fans look
terrible with your double standard opinions. Imagine if she hit your child on
his/her bike while running that stop sign. What would your opinion be then?-BYU Season ticket holder
For all the BYU fans (especially in Utah County) this story is still news and
was reported just like other DUI cases. The Hyper-Sensitivity shown by you
Cougar fans posting in here make you look even more daft and ridiculous.It is news. It is a high profile players wife and if a spouse from the
Jazz or any other team in Utah had a similar thing happen it would be reported
on by local papers. The folks in here complaining are probably the
same ones who pick up a People magazine in the store or watch Donny Osmond on ET
to seek out the latest celebrity gossip. GET REAL ABOUT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE
ARTICLES AUTHOR! They were paid to do a job and went out and got the facts and
put them in print per their editor's wishes. Maybe Mrs. Plaisted
will heed the warning label on her prescription next time she decides to operate
a motor vehicle. She was lucky someone wasn't injured because of her moronic
Your logic is skewed. If the deputy was to just let her go after the stop, you
sound like the kind of guy who would yell, police favortism, because she is
related to a local sports figure. Just like you say cops protect their own, you
probably have said the rich and famous get away with everything. I do not know
your experience with all bad cops, but you need to find better friends. The SL
Co. DA was let go after he plead no contect to the charge. It was all over the
media, you just did not see it. Tim K.
It wasnt proven. The officer still hasnt evenfiled his report.No charges have been filed. Read the article and calm down.
Dear Tim K. Thanks for the comment and the update on the SL Co. DA... I never
heard the outcome, my bad... This is just a stupid story, not even newsworthy,
only made it because of who she is, not what she did. Thanks for "calling me" on
it. You are right.
She tore it while getting off a bench. Was she doing a back handspring or was
she on drugs than too?
It is surprising to me that a great deal of condemnation is coming down upon the
newspaper, reporter, and arresting deputy. If the article is accurate, then the
only one who did anything wrong is the arrestee.The terms "slander,"
"smear" and "misleading headline" seem to have been used frequently. I would
agree with this is if she was not pulled over, not arrested for DUI, and a drug
not found in her system.As much as the detractors on this board wish
this event did not occur, it did. The BYU basketball player, and, by extension,
his wife are public figures (especially due to national exposure on ESPN). When
a public figure is arrested, it is news--it's just that simple. Needless to
say, a large part of being in the newspaper business is, indeed, selling
newspapers.As is all too common with message boards, unfortunately,
people speak through their heart rather than through their head.
I am a former cop who also served as a pallbearer for my sixteen year old cousin
who was killed by a drunk driver on probation for killing two other people two
years before the accident that killed by cousin and his best friend.Can we all please at least use this as a reminder that we need to be careful
when using any medication that might adversely affect us, or a loved one, in any
way. It may be your life that we save.
1. She's a public figure.2. She was driving erratically.3. She's
in technical violation of a statute, at the least.4. She hasn't *yet*
been charged (go back and read).5. She *was* arrested.All of
these are news.Who cares if Trent Plaisted (aka, future Greece
All-Star, because he won't be in the NBA) doesn't give interviews in the future?
Big deal.This is a news story.
What she did was risky, yes.Just not newsworthy, especially trying
score a scoop, at the expense of the Rest of the Story.You can do
better than this.
I think all the people on here condemning the Dnews or the cops or defending
Plaisted are either trolls trying to make LDS members and BYU fans look like
fanatic self-righteous idiots or they are truly fanatic self-righteous idiots.
If you don't think this should be in the news then don't read
it...Don't demand censorship. I don't know what rock you are living under but
the arrest of a wife of the star player of a nationally ranked NCAA team is
newsworthy...no matter where you live.
Why do you have to drag Lacey through the mud? The allegations seem at best
tenuous and at worst absurd. Your story is cruel, sensational, and reflects the
impatience of a reporting staff itching to dig up dirt against BYU in a "slow
year" for Cougar scandals.And DMN - do you really need to have your
headline start with "BYU"? Are your online advertising revenue streams really
so important that you are willing to drag the school through the mud just to
increase your readership? I hope we see an equally ridiculous headline to
publicly exonerate Lacey (and by extension the university) when this gets
You say you have no sympathy for DUI but have you ever eaten while driving or
changed the radio station or talked on your cell phone? . . . you are just as
dangerous especially because you just want to point the finger at others.
The problem here isn't that they reported a DUI, the problem is how they
reported it. With the headline--"BYU player's wife arrested for DUI" their only
intention was to get a reaction/reader to click on the article. Go ahead and
report the DUI but don't lead with that headline. Total GARBAGE
Okay, the point aimed at the newspaper is this: Why print this DUI story over
the many many others that occur in our state? Especially at this point when no
charges have been leveled yet? The reporter and the editors have decided that
we, the DNews readershp, actually care. I, for one, don't. Add this to a
growing list of non-stories the DNews has chosen to report on lately. My
respect and trust for the paper is wearing thin. When it becomes a story,
report it. Right now it's not. The sad thing is that if Ms. Plaisted is not
charged, or charged but acquitted, you can bet the DNews will not report that,
because it (1) isn't sensational, and (2) would force them to admit they jumped
the gun. Don't hold your breath.
She served my wife and I a few days ago at ruby river.She is a very nice girl.A
This is Gossip.This is Slander.This is Speculative
Rumor-Monging.Boy am I glad that I canceled my Deseret News
the headline is misleadingthis is a non-storyI cannot
begin to express how silly this isMr Cannon, what kind of newspaper
are you publishing?why did the sports editor run this?
Sad this article had to run. She's not a criminal. The headline is misleading.
The media is so quick to leverage peoples' reputations for their own gain (in
advertising). I hope this old-school journalism goes the way of the old media.
First, as I read these comments, most people don't defend what she did. I think
everybody recognizes that DUI of any sort is wrong and proper actions need to be
and will be taken. Second, not every DUI gets an article written up about
them. Is it really necessary to humiliate her because she's a "public figure"?
Why does the fact that somebody is married to a local celebrity mean we have a
right to know everything she has ever done wrong. People will make mistakes and
don't need them shouted to the world. If me saying that the DMN should have
respected the Plaisted's privacy means I am "self-righteous", then so be it. Thirdly, people read "news"papers to find out the news. How could I have know
this article wasn't newsworthy unless I read it in the first place? We're not
asking for censorship, we're asking for quality, pertinent news instead of this
I saw this last night on the newscast on channel 5. Holy Cow! This is news? I
can't believe that with everything that is going on in our world and community
that this was really worth the time and space to report it.
People should know that she took a pain pill at 9:00 AM and did not get pulled
over until around 4:00 PM the only reason she mentioned it was because after she
rolled through a stop sign (something we have all done without being under the
influence) the officer noticed her injury and asked if she was taking anything.
Lacey, the honest person she is, said yes but not since this morning but the
officer arrested her anyway. Her actions were nothing to be arrested for! She
was not driving recklessly. It was probably the same officer that arrested the
72 year old woman for watering on the wrong day this past summer. It was the
same police squad.
I have seen many times when charges were dropped for certain people. And yes,
some were BYU coaches and athletes. For all you self righteous types, get a
So how many other people were cited, not charged yet, for DUI in Utah County
that day. I would bet it is more than one. Why aren't their pictures and a full
article in today's paper. You could have done better DMN.
Could somebody please explain how believing the media handled this situation
poorly makes somebody "self-righteous"?
friend: You seem to be confused. Mrs. Plaisted was arrested by a Utah County
deputy. The lawn-watering incident involved the Orem Police. No, they're not
the same police squad.
You tell her to stay out of the spotlight and that she didnt mind being on ESPN.
Do you really think that she chose to be on TV? DO you want her to not watch
her HUSBAND play?
There had better be some massive public apologizing for this. Nothing short of
public apologizing will repair the damaged caused by this negligent police
officer. Shame on the media for blowing this up with no proof of a story. This
is obviously the result of poor journalism.
I wonder if these comments would be any different if it were a player's wife for
Utah instead of a player's wife from BYU? i bet that the comments would be
ranging from "they shouldn't have let her out" to "she should be tarred and
feathered". I've seen some of the posts. I've seen some very mean
reactions to those that are definitley know as "non-members".Can we ever
be a little more unbiased?
RED Anonymous:Whose charges were dropped?Which coaches
and athletes?Wow, you are an anti-mormon, Ute, instigator, and a
liar...So very different from the others.
Why subject a college basketball players wife to this embarrassment Deseret
News? Calling her a "public figure" as Good Work suggested is a bit of a
I posted that I had the medication DUI. Don't misunderstand, I am very lucky to
get off the road that night alive.I was pointing out that the DUI's
in this state are very expensive, and instead of getting anything that helped me
with my meds to get straight I was treated the same as if I were on Meth or
Alcohol, and I feel treatments should have fit the crime.More
importantly, the stigma needs to be removed from DUI because there are
outstanding people who are not bar hopping but still feel disgraced because they
might have went out after taking cough syrup and recieved a DUI. They shouldn't
feel labled a drunk and adict, and that is the way they are treated (the
response to this storyis evidence of that).I am deeply sorry for
your loss. I loss my best friend to a drunk driver, and even though I believe
that I have forgiven the person, I do not regard them the same as Ms. Plaisted.
Love BYU. But, this is a news story. Period. It was news when KSL and others
reran Dickie V. showing Lacey on television. She got tons of great kudos. Now the shoe is on the other foot because she was stopped by police. It
is news and worthy news. It is neither slander (verbal) nor liable (print). It
is just reporting the facts.The BIG story would have been if no one
had reported it. That would have been decried, correctly, as a cover-up.Thanks DNews for doing your duty.Truth sometimes hurt but
Lacey and Trent will be fine. I've heard they're very fine people and will enjoy
the fruits of their stardom in years to come. I'm pulling for both.
re' bunch of trolls, She is a public figure and as this, is subject to
being reported on, whether for a DUI or for sitting at a b-ball game. That is
the end. Nothing more. Sorry their private life is not private anymore. Price
of being famous (in the public eye). It is true of elected officials, pro
athletes, public figures, news reporters, even police officers involved in high
profile cases. Lets see how this ends up. I have a feeling, the end and middle
will be reported on too. As for anyone that will no longer read the
D-news.....come on, you still are.....we get our news from everywhere now a days
and we love it. I am done, see ya
I find it humorous that so many of you are concerned about protecting Lacey
Plaisted's reputation from being tarnished, yet you freely blast Jacob Hancock's
good name on the internet, in public. Jacob Hancock was just doing
his job. He didn't break the law. Lacey Plaisted did. Don't be
hypocritical. Reporters are people, too.
The officer was right to pull her over for running a stop sign but arresting her
and charging her with DUI? On what evidence? His opinion? Give me a break.
I'd see the police department in court. The next time you're in
Utah and decide to take an ibprofin for pain remember this incident. It'll get
you in jail. Pathetic newspaper reporting and even more pathetic police work.
I am surprised at the number of people out for the heads of the Deseret News
Editorial Board and Jacob Hancock. This is news. Sometimes a public embarrassent
is the catalyst for someone with a drug or alcohol problem to get the help they
need (may I mention Rush Limbaugh?). Of course, this is not always the case
(i.e. Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, et. al.). This is most unfortunate. If the
girl does have a problem, I hope she can get the help she needs.
Tim K, She is NOT a public figure in any way, shape, or form. Her HUSBAND plays
COLLEGE basketball!!! The police were right to stop her but the Deseret News
never should have made it public. What a non-story and what poor judgment on
their part to print it.
To Rockon and Tim K: You are somehow drawing a conclusion that she deserves
this because her husband plays basketball and Dick V. made some uninvited
comments about her. I wonder how she feels about it? Was she pusuing the public
limelight? I doubt it. The DMN used this situation to create a "news" story
knowing full well that it would embarrass her and damage her. Shame on the DMN
and those that defend the DMN. It's time we stood up for what is right rather
than justify something that hurts others - just because the press can get away
with it. Is that the duty of the press? They didn't have to print it and they
didn't have to show her mug shot. They should have been just as respectful to
her as they would to all the other DUI offenders in Utah. Those that want to
make this into a Mormon thing - are the Plaisteds Mormons? Who cares?I
say let the DMN know how we feel about it and switch to the Tribune. If the
"Brethren" in SLC have any guts, they'll see to it that some changes are made
This is hilarious! You people need some real crime up there in Utah to talk
about! This poor woman and her husband become objects of yellow journalism
because of a pain killer? Gimmee a break! DMN I am so disappointed in you!
I am an attorney and have prosecuted and defended thousands of DUI cases.
Driving under the influence of any drug, legal or illegal, is a crime in
probably all states. There are surprisingly a large number of people who
profess ignorance of the the serious nature of the crime. The public needs to
be informed of the crime and its consequences and also of the fact that the
crime is prosecuted in Utah and elsewhere. No one is logically suggesting that
the State does not have a valid interest in prosecuting the crime. The
problem here is not that she was stopped and arrested, but that the newspaper
elected to make her an example by publishing her photo, etc. Due process has
not run it course, and in reality it has nothing to do with which church she
belongs to or whether she is the wife of a ute or a cougar. Unlike some
writers whose names remain anonymous, I for one believe that there are some
serious issues here, including a person's right to privacy when balanced against
the public's right to know, and the question of who qualifies as a public
How can you even think a BYU player's wife is a public figure? Come on, D-news!
I would rather have blank space in a newspaper than gossip garbage. No more. My
subscription is canceled.
Lacey is NOT a public figure.The spouse of an amateur college
athlete is NOT a public figure.Because an ESPN camera chooses to
pick you out of a crowd for 10 seconds does NOT make a person a public figure.
Have some respect for family.
Wow. I'm amazed at the mud slinging by those who think that this reported
incident is any part of their business. Interestingly, these same
people are using the self-righteous card with those who thinnk DNews made a poor
judgement call by reporting this piece of non-news.Interesting
This is pretty low for the D news to report this story.
I would bet alot that the warning was on the label of the medication. It's not
quite the same as alcohol or social drugs but is IMPAIRMENT that had warning.
Everyone must be held acoutable for they're own decision making. The end result
could be the same as other mentioned impairments, deadly accident ect. Wake up
people you should be held accountable for bad decisions. religion plays no part
in this issue.
When-if-charges would have been filed, this would have been a legit news story,
though probably not to the extent that it was covered.But while an alleged
crime is under investigation, there is no story to report. If the DA decides
that filing charges is not warranted, or reduced to running a stop sign, where
does Ms. Plaisted go to get her reputation back?
Go back to the sidelines and cheer squad, there are no conspiracy theories and
the "brethren" have as much to do with the news gathering of the paper as you
do. Put a sock in it.
Well said.To everyone else (critical of the reportage): for those of
you who have never made a bad choice in your life, go ahead and cast the first
stone.I thought so.
There's another DUI story in today's paper, under Utah, headline "2 are arrested
in Dixie in theft and DUI case"LET'S GO OVER THERE GRAB OUR
PITCHFORKS, TORCHES AND BATTERING RAMS TO COME TO THE CAUSE/DEFENSE/RELIANCE OF
THESE TWO PERSONS ACCUSED OF DUI! I'M SURE OF THEIR INNOCENCE AND WHY WOULD THE
NEWSPAPER !!!!!DARE!!!!! PRINT THIS STORY!!!!
I'm a Ute fan and can not see why this is even a story. If she were not married
to a Y basket ball player this story wouldn't even be in the paper. Any Ute
fans poking fun at this girl should be ashamed. She should be more aware of
what she is doing while on pain killers though.
I live in Hawaii and read the DNews daily. Newspapers are going to make mistakes
- they are under tremendous pressure. We will forgive many mistakes. This is
not one of those times. Printing this article was "professionally" wrong - it
is not news, she is not a public figure. There was NO reason to hurt this
family - there is NO justification mentioned by anyone in these comments that
comes close to reasonable journalism ethics. Shame on you Joe - this story shows
a scary trend in your paper.
If you are a lawyer, your will understand the case law with regards to persons
arrested. The photo, name, and her address is public information. Her right to
privacy is null following her arrest. And by case law definition of 'public
figure', she qualifies. Tim K.
I count 48 Deseret News articles referencing Bobbye Sloan and 20 referencing
Shelley Meyer. There are countless stories in the national media about Mary
Cheney and Jenna Bush. The spouse of the U.S. president automatically becomes
one of the most prominent public figures in the world. For better or worse,
close relatives of public figures tend to become public figures.
Ever heard of being convicted by the press? If not then this is an excellent
I think this story deserves to earn Jacob Hancock a trip to work at more
reputable outfit than the Deseret News. Perhaps at tmz.com or thesmokinggun.com.
Excellent judgment by the editor at Deseret News. So worthy a story never
graced the pages of our vaunted home town paper.
Chris, are you really trying to compare Lacey Plaisted to the First Lady??Hahahahahahah.....
Tim K's assumption is not accurate. The fact that I am an attorney does not
mean that I have researched Utah or federal law respecting privacy rights,
public figures and public information in the context of this arrest. If Tim
"K" is correct, (1) perhaps he can share his statutory authority and case
law and (2) the fact remains that reasonable people can differ on the propriety
of publishing this particular article . The fact that the paper may be legally
entitled in publishing it does not alone justify its publication. I for one
believe it is irresponsible journalism.
We are all assuming she was truly impaired. I believe that she was probably
distracted and ran the stop sign; then the arresting officer saw "pain pills"
and decided she was impaired.I see people get distracted for
whatever reason every day. They tailgate, speed, swerve or run a stop sign;
that does not indicate impairment. I look at her "mug shot". She
appears bright and fully functional. I doubt there was any impairment; just a
very exicted cop to arrest a cute young girl and charge her with impairment.I still am a fan of Trent and give a vote of confidence to his wife.They will be fine with this and the police dpt. will be due to give them
an apology. That is my prediction.Go Cougs and be strong Trent and
Lacey; don't let this get you down.
SPRINGVILLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HICK TOWN AND THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW WHAT LITTLE
CLASS THEY HAVE. STAY WITH ART FESTIVAL. FIRE THE COP WHO BROKE THE STORY. MY
WIFE IS ON MEDICATION AS WAS SHE. WHEN SHE WAS STOPPED BY THE POLICE IN SOUTERN
CALIF. SHE WAS OFFERED A RIDE HOME AND THAT WAS THE END OF THE STORY. POLICE
ARE ASK TO USE THERE HEADS AND MINDS AND SHOULD NOT BE LOOKING TO BE THE
Lacey Plaisted is not as famous as the First Lady, because Trent Plaisted is not
as famous as the President. That does nothing to change the fact that wives of
famous men are automatically themselves famous.
in Utah and now I'm 1895 miles away. Just far enough that I have to look on the
internet to read this stuff. It is so nice to take a quick glance and move on
to more important things. My heart goes out to those of you left behind. (Tee
I heard the news last night on KSL. Isn't KSL the most pro-BYU station out
there. I also believe that the Deseret News is the most(major paper) pro-BYU
paper in Utah. I agree that it really shouldn't have been posted but BYU's
biggest supporters are giving into the "hype" and are the first one's to post
the news. Everyone is on the defensive about the "big news". If my fellow BYU
weren't so self righteouss all the time, this story wouldn't have gotten so
blown up. I do feel bad for this girl in that she will be forever labeled a drug
users in many circles. Question: What would have happened if she would have hit
someone? She would be forced to leave the state for being persecuted. They may
want to leave anyway because the stigma will always be there. Unfortunate but is
true in our state.
"I see people get distracted for whatever reason every day. They tailgate,
speed, swerve or run a stop sign; that does not indicate impairment."I understand that people do stupid things when they are distracted...but if
those things don't indicate impairment, what the heck does? If a cop sees
someone swerving across the road, or running stop sign, it leads them to think
maybe they are impaired. Mrs. Plaisted told the cop that she was taking
meds...wouldn't that lead you to believe that maybe she was influenced by the
medications and unfit to drive?I see no fault in the officer who
arrested her. Anyways, I really don't think this article tainted the Plaisteds
at all...at least for me. I don't think any less of them as I did before
reading the article. What this article did for me was remind me that taking
Pain Meds and driving is a big no no.
I noticed the Trib didn't carry this story. The headline is very
misleading-give me a break. HEADLINE: Reporter's cousin ticketed
for running red light Many of us would have incriminating headlines
like this at some point in our lives. . . can't believe I even read this.
The article says nothing about her telling the cops she was taking meds. I
guess you just infer what was said from what?The fact there was
something in her lab test really means nothing. The evidence of hydrocodone
would be in there for several days when the half life of the medication is only
a couple of hours.What I said was that we don't know if the reason
for stopping Lacey was for anymore than we see half of the kids with cell phones
do every time they drive; or if there was real evidence of impaired driving. But, I am sure you have never been distracted from your driving and
accidentally missed a stop sign or changed lanes without thinking about it and
signalling for the required 3 seconds.I once was stopped and had the
cop make us walk and check in the pick-up for cans etc because he said I was
driving too slow....on a crowded blvd.???I am not saying she may not
have been at fault for more than just a traffic violation; but reported for
DUI... this was a slam without just cause.
Impaired driving is impaired driving. Everybody goes head hunting for drunk
driving (and they should) and here are dozens of people1) Upset that cops
would consider this serious (I don't want impaired people driving around me!)2) Upset that the newspaper covered it, like it does impaired DUI driving ALL
THE TIME! I feel bad for her too and relieved that nobody was hurt.
I'm glad law enforcement officers are out doing there jobs and investigated
potential DUI's. I think newspaper reporters that publish criminal cases before
they go to trial or before people have a chance to be tried in court is
unfortunate. I am sure she (lacey) is a nice person. Nice people should not
drive while taking pain killers that could alter their driving. I'm sure she
learned a valuable lesson and I'm sure the law enforcement officers intent were
decent. Good luck to all parties involved.
because she's pretty and i'm sticking to my story!
let it take the legal course ..now how many more are there in this highly over
the counter drug state which has been identified w/depression and i am not
refering to this fine lady. however if she had operation on her acl that along
w/drug would impair reaction time at least i wouldn't want her comming up on my
children and i in no crosswalk. good job officer that's why they call it law
enforcement live the law of the land w/out no double standards which is so well
This story does need to be published, but not on headlines, OK? I feel bad for
Mrs. Plaisted, but she should not have been doing that. I feel bad for you Lacy.
Now when Ute fans tease, just say "Well at least it was medication." Ute fans
just do not know a thing sometimes. So don't bring it up otherwise. Merry
Christmas, but next time this shouldn't be on the front page.
I find it hard to believe that 167 people have commented somewhat publicly about
this. Let it lie and don't give this reporter the exposure he was obviously
I, too, can't believe all of these comments, And I can't see that it deserves to
even be a story.
It definitely deserves to be a story. There are so many people out there doing
the same thing, and thinking that it's okay. My sister in-law rationalizes her
driving under the influence of prescription medication, as "it is not the same
thing". I've even asked the local officers to just talk to her about it, but
she happens to be a "good Mormon", and they don't want to embarrass her. It is
unfortunate that this young girl has too have this negative attention, but if it
opens the eyes of others doing the same thing, then it's worth it. Like someone
else here said, it's a good thing that she didn't run into a van load of kids -
and things like that happen. Everyone (Mormon or not, BYU student or not) needs
to open their eyes and quit being so niave.
but she should not have been driving either. The officer did the right thing in
arresting her, and she should be given a warning now that we know she was using
Innocent or not, when you are impared with a drug or alcohol you have to know
you aren't thinking straight and getting in a vehicle is the last thing she
should have done. As most athletes say when they are busted, "It was an error in
judgement". I get tired of hearing it. Step up to the plate people!
I am sorry but where did being a wife of a basketball player at a Private
University make you a public figure?
This article may or may not have been justified/necessary.But a follow-up
article with accurate and important details is absolutely necessary -- this
young woman deserves that much.I'm sure everyday there are people who
drive under the influence of pain or cold medication, thinking they'll be
okay.Helping people recognize the danger of that is more important than
dragging someone's name through the mud.
What's this BYU so many commented on?
Forget about the writer. What editor would run a story like this? Next thing you
know, law enforcement will arrest someone with more than one wife and the media
will make a big deal out of that non-story.
I certainly hope that the DMN will follow up on this story and report the
details of the arrest and treatment that Lacey received by the Officer involved.
This Officer needs to be totally reviewed for her professionalism. Trent and Lacey. I am sorry you have to go through this.
Again... more DUI stories in todays papers!!! HOW DARE THEY
I have also had multiple knee surgeries and the pain medications SPECIFICALLY
say "Do not operate machinery while under the influence". Did she not know that
meant "don't drive a car", or did she think as long as she wasn't operating her
weaving loom that she would be ok?
Whoa! Must have been a slow day in the newsroom. It's simple, it her lack of
control was due to something she has no control over, the case will be
dismissed. If not--then, she has problems. Either way, a non-story. Who
cares! Show me some real news.
I just want to know how you were able to smile for the photo? When I was
arrested for forgetting to pay a traffic ticket, they treated me like a high
profile criminal. I tried to smile to make light of the situation, but they
wouldn't allow it. Good for you!
Where am I? Behind the Zion curtain.
It is ethically wrong to even write this article.
I can't believe that people are writing that Ms. Plaisted is being treated
unfairly. She was driving erratically enough to be noticed by a sheriff deputy.
I'm sure he was just "targeting" her. They clearly had enough evidence to
justify booking her. Driving while under the influence of ANY drug is against
the law. It is dangerous. It affects other people. She should be accountable
for her actions and yes, it is newsworthy. Stop with the poor Ms. Plaisted
comments. I would expect that there would be very little sympathy for her if
she was doing meth or drinking beer. I'm glad no one was injured because her
I often view the comments posted by readers after articles on this website.
Should an article this rediculous really be a surprise? Should a lot of the
rediculous comments posted really surprise anyone. It always turns into a debate
about religion or politics Y vs U. If it all bothers you, do what I just decided
to do: Boycott the paper. There has to be more important things to read than
I laugh while reading all of these comments. I figure better to be arrested than
to kill someone while driving. All of you self exonorating apologists would be
up in arms if she was to plow into your spouse or kids. The issue isn't who or
what she is. The issue is what she did. A DUI is a DUI is a DUI.We
should praise the officer for protecting all of us. All of you that are whining
about what the officer did, just keep count of all the DUI related deaths that
occur from now till the 3rd of January. I think you might change your opinion.
I can't believe all the heat the police are getting for an officer doing there
job. Mrs. Plaisted should know not to drive while feeling whoozie. Even if she
is taking something innocently for and injury or not she should be wise. Sounds
to me like she needs a dose of reality along with all you others that side with
her. A DUI is a DUI no matter how you slice it.
She shouldn't have been driving but this is overblown. I wonder how much defense
she would receive from the good people of Utah if the gender or race were
Y fans (including myslef),Reasons for this needing to be publshed1.
Where did you find out about this? (This article)2. What is a news
reporters job?3. How many people want to know of stories like this because
it mught matter to them?I really do feel bad for Lacey- that is one
of the two only reasons this does not need to be published. Lacey was just
driving somewhere with pain Killers- although, that was not a good choice. Now
imagine if you were Lacey- how would you feel with all these pictures and lots
of rude comments. Maybe she was going somewhere very important- maybe not. Now
why does it matter anyways it happened and it is mostly over. Trent will not
like this site with all the comments so be nice.
Thanks for reminding readers that driving drugged is the same as driving drunk.
Cheers to the police officer for getting her off the street. I hope others in
Provo/Orem hear the message and think before they get behind the wheel.
This article isn't just about Lacey Plaisted, it's about how the police officer
handled the situation.I learned a few things from this story --
which is the point of this article. Journalists are here to inform us. Just
because there are those who would rather be uninformed, doesn't mean the topics
published are not newsworthy.
Man the police must have their hands full in Springville or where ever it took
place. All I know is Utah and of course because a mormon person hurt themselves
and was taking medication its a big deal. Dang send some of your cops over this
way, we could use a few more to clean up all the rape, meth deals and illegal
prostition. DUI medication, at least she could have poundind a 40 or something.
Boring news hits the boring views of utardville usa!!! Sincerely someone
who doesn't give a crap and is surprised you do
I guess what will determine if she considers herself a public figure or not is
whether she accepts all the free legal services from Y allumns. That is the
normal procedure to protect the Chosen Ones of the Y athletic department.
Would all the people who are saying this shouldn't be a DUI tell me what the
difference in impairment is between prescription pain killers and other opiates
I think people are missing the point. First wether this girl is the wife or not
of a BYU player is besides the point. It doesn't matter what her race is,
male/female, religion, etc. She took a narcotic, drove, didn't obey the rules
of the road and got caught. She should have been pulled over and given some
type of punishment. I'm perceiving that people think this girl should be let
off because she is the wife of a Y b-ball player. She is lucky that she din't
hit and kill anyone or even kill herself. Remember all actions have
C'mon. Mormons in Utah, have the biggest chip on their shoulders. There ARE
exceptions, yes, but those of us in the real world have to listen to your
whining about this being some conspiracy against BYU or its football program.
Geez, the woman was driving under the influence of drugs. I'm glad she did not
hit and kill someone. She was lucky. So was society. And to "feather
in the cap": you are a moron. You blame the officer for wanting a feather in HER
cap and you are publicly offering to defend this woman? I take it you are an
attorney. Someday, we won't need attorneys.
This discussion seems to have gotten off track as to the real issue. The issue
is not if she did something wrong. I think most people agree that she shouldn't
have been on the road. The issue that needs to be discussed is if the DMN
should have used this incident to embarrass her by making it "news", complete
with a mug shot. Are all people arrested for DUI treated in this manner? I
think they are not.
minds want to know..that is why they are called prescrition DRUGS...to help
eliviate pain and cause IMPAIRMENT...LIVE THE HONOR CODE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AND
THE LAW OF THE LAND..DON'T CALL ATTENTION TO YOURSELF..RATIONALIZE IT FOR NO
EASY TIME! all is not well in zion with a bunch of under the influence people
running around out there..good job officer catch them before they kill someone!
Because of cancer earlier this year, I've had my share of heavy duty pain pills.
Each time I was warned by my doctor and pharmacist not to drive while using
them, because it does affect you driving abilities. There were even stickers on
the bottles. And just like when you're drunk, you think you can drive just
fine, but your ability to react is affected. I think the officer did the right
thing to stop Lacey. She was DUI and could have killed someone. However, I am
getting more and more sick of the media jumping on the chance to report these
kind of things. Of course they're only catering to a public that loves to read
about the failures of celebrities. Having said that, I think we should get off
the back of the police. They're doing their duty, and if you break the law, no
matter what it is, you risk the chance to be ticketed. If you don't want to be
ticketed, then don't speed, use your signal and get off that cell phone.
Driving on I-15 would be so much nicer!
The officer observed signs of impairment so she was pulled over. The officer
then observed enough signs of impairment that he arrested and booked her.What is the problem with this?
I agree, no reason these guys had to make this a story. Very shameful Deseret
News! I expect more from you than this. Better judgement next time...okay?
It's not fair to use DUI in the headline. It makes it sound like she was drunk,
not on a prescription medication she was ok to take. Sure it's still wrong to
be driving, but the Des. News should be a ASHAMED of itself for making this girl
look worse than she is. This is why so many people hate journalists.
All of you criticizing the DNews and the arresting officer for doing their jobs
are pathetic. This girl broke the law by driving under the influence of pain
killers. The law doesn't differentiate between alcohol DUI's and drug DUI's.
If you are impaired, you are impaired. Everyone knows you're not
supposed to drive a car while taking pain killers. I had my tonsils out last
month and took them for 10 days. Never once drove a vehicle during that time.
Quit making excuses for this girl and what she allegedly did. If
she drove while on pain killers and put others lives in danger, she deserves
whatever penalty she receives if found guilty. I can't believe how pathetic
many of you sound trying to blindly defend this type of behavior. Just because
she was going in for knee surgery (I'm wondering why she was taking them before
the surgery was even performed) doesn't make this acceptable. Get a clue
The real issue is that the headline in the DMN slanders her by making her look
like she was arrested because she was driving drunk. It leaves one thinking that
a wife of a prominent student is violating the word of wisdom. This is the worst
type of reporting and those who are responsible should publish a story with a
clear headline over sever days that clealy states that the paper false reproted
the facts. How do you restore this hard working, innocent persons and BYU's
reputation! You can't! Thou shalt not bear false witness, Ex. 20: 16. Thou shalt
not bear false witness, Ex. 20: 16. Just as a side not. Women should not
be police officers. I expect a male officer would have had the the wisdom to
warn her and send her home. Women in the work place, especially in management
positions are unyielding. Grerat when dealing with teenagers, bad when dealing
with those who these women are suppose to be serving. There are many exceptions
of woman who are very helpful. Still, I am alway careful when I need to interact
with women in management in the workplace.
You people that are in denial.. If she is not a public figure there wouldn't be
so many of the public commenting about it. Just because she is not Madona
doesn't mean she can go unnoticed in this state.
Are BYU fans pining for the days when Jim McMahon could do whatever he wanted
and the cops did nothing? This is news. Any coach or player on a
college team will be scrutinized more than the average citizen. Well over 90%
of college athletes are not married. That is not the case at BYU, so the
scrutiny extends to spouses.
RE: Spencer - DUI means Driving under the Influence. She was under the influence
of a drug, the tag DUI is appropriate, enough said.
Lately the words from Don Henley's 1982 song "Dirty Laundry" ring in my ears
whenever I watch or read the news, especially when I read sensationalism like
this. "Just give me something, something I can use, people love it
when you lose, they love dirty laundry."
If this would have been the wife of Fred Flannigan, a farmer from Fillmore, this
wouldn't have even made it into the police blotter. Shame on you Mr Hancock for
even writing this story. DUI/Drugs is a crime and there should be
no tolerance but give the girl a break. There was no need to smear her, show
her picture because her husband happens to be a star athlete at BYU.
The report shows it had been 5 hours since she took a painkiller. I would think
this should of been adequate to drive. She was driving to get an MRI on her
knee. The cop wouldn't have called her the next day if she didn't feel like she
went too far. She drove through a stop sign where the cop was stopped. She was
not impaired. They were not following her. Because she was experiencing pain
the police felt they wanted to check it out. This article is so far from what
actually happened. The final report will give the results and if an arrest will
take place. Seems pretty unlikey. Let's relax a bit. She was not impaired.
DUI on prescription drugs... This fact alone is what makes this a "news worthy"
story. Not the BYU connection.The public needs to be reminded that
driving while under the influence of prescribed meds is just as dangerous as
alcohol. This was an excellent piece that needed to be told.
Are you serious feather in the cap? The only reason the officer arrested Ms.
Plaisted is because she is a BYU student and wife of a BYU athlete? Surely, ye
jest. Most BYU athletes and families DON'T get arrested because they ARE BYU
students/athletes.The officer did what she should have done: make a DUI arrest.
I say kudos to her.
Oh my gosh. First of all why is this news????Second of all, would
this young woman be held in the same better than thou light if her husband
played for - say- the UTES????The cop had a reason to pull her over,
regardless of who feels she deserved it or didn't. I personally have NEVER heard
of the player she's married to so I don't think her name had ANYTHING to do with
it.Thirdly, look at the way she's smiling. I seriously hope that is
not her booking photo. She looks like she has no knowledge of the fact that she
was just accused of BREAKING THE LAW!!! If that were me I would not look that
happy.While I don't applaud DN for actually considering this news, I
seriously hope that she doesn't think she's above the law just becuase her
college includes the initials B, Y, and U. It's disgusting the opinion some of
those cougars have of themselves.
From the comments, it looks to me like the foolish party in this situation is
the newspaper editor who thought this was news. Lacey has nothing to be
embarrassed about, but the paper does.
Why is this in the paper!!!
Go sit in a Utah Court room or at the Board of Pardons where this type of DUI
resulted in a death, and then see what you have to say? I'm so glad this was
reported. It needs to be brought to more individual's attention. I feel bad
that she has to be scrutinized more than the average individual, but that's the
way things in America work. Look at steriods for example, and I could go on and
on. These types of stories help bring changes in people. Whoever made the Word
of Wisdom comment - shame on you. This story/situation has nothing to do with
Reporting this incident and educating the public about this type situation is
one thing, but the headline was very misleading and smacks of tabloid
journalism. Very disapointing for a paper with the status of DMN.
Why are people shocked that the DMN reoported this. The DMN has always done
reporting like that. It is biased, just like the Trib. That's why I stopped
subscribing to it when I lived up in the Porem area. People need to get off the
fact that her husband plays college b-ball. People need to stop commenting on
the "mormon" issue. She made a poor choice and got caught. Suck it up, get
over it, and move on. Lacy, all I have to say is "squat and cough"
The arresting deputy DID NOT apologize and she was released without having to
post bail. Boy, the journalist who wrote this story did not do his homework.
She did promise to convice her husband to stay with BYU another year if
the jail released her for free.
It's news. If DNews didn't cover it, people would blame them for sweeping it
under the rug because it's associated to their team. It was a double edged
sword. And the news decided to error on the side of writing the news, big
shocker! She's tough. No one thinks she's a bad person. She should cut the
article, put it in her scrap book and go on with life. Even laugh about it
later, if she's hasn't already. Good luck Stacey. Mr. Hancock keep it coming.
Why aren't the editors and writers of DNews held to the same standards as
posters on this site? "Any comments found to be abusive, offensive,
misrepresentative will not be posted." Your report was abusive to Mrs. Plaisted,
offensive to many, and a misrepresentation of the facts. Should NOT have been
posted per your own standards.I am sure a headline will never read
"Deseret News Editor's daughter-in-law suspected in prescription-drug fraud."
(Disclaimer: I have no idea if the Editor even has a daughter-in-law.) When did
a student-athlete's spouse become fair game for your tabloid journalism? Let's subject journalists and their family members to the same standards
as student-athletes. They have a higher public profile, they wield much more
public influence, and they get paid more--hopefully not too much more for this
kind of trash reporting.
...is that the only reason this story was printed was the BYU connection. I
don't recall seeing any previous stories about DUI arrests due to prescription
drug use when it didn't involve an auto accident. If this is such a common
reason for DUI arrests, why hasn't it been reported before? Why wait till now?
Oh, yeah,...the BYU connection. That's why.
How dare anyone write something negative about something associated with BYU.
Would they write about Paris Hilton or Brittany Spears driving while empaired?
Well okay maybe they would, but it's okay because they aren't part of BYU. I
think we should sue the DNews, or maybe the BCS.
Many people in Utah think it is better to be over using prescription drugs
rather than to drink alcohol. Somehow illegally injesting chemicals made in a
lab is better than swallowing fermented grapes. What a world!
And you call this news? No problem with the story about the legailty of driving
while on medication, BUT, the headline for this article is mis-leading and
absolutely wrong. 99% of the population should be arrested for the same
offense. I don't know these people, but I feel for them to have to go through
this absolute garbage journalism. By all means print the story, but be fair
about it. The headline made her sound like some sort of low-life druggie. Come
on DMN, make this right. Another thing, why must every second
article in the DMN be turned into a LDS bash or debate. Get over the religious
slander and bigotry.
If the offender had been African American, you would say she deserved it. But
since she looks like a typical church goer, somehow she has been wronged. Also,
if you think 99% of the population is driving while under the influence of
anything that can seriously impair judgement, you are living in a vacuum.
Given that she appeared not to be operating the vehicle as she should have, I
would guess that she ignored the warning label on the bottle regarding operating
machinery. Those of you that think it should all be ignored are the first to
want a person hung until dead if instead she plowed through a school crossing.
Thank goodness she didn't kill anybody, but the point was, she could have and
just got lucky.
Are you serious?I'm canceling my subscription.I think I need to take
a break from the news for a while if this is the kind of news you want to
report.I can't believe I'm wasting my time reading the article let alone
commenting on it. I don't want this kind of news.
Please remember that Lacey reported that she had not taken a pain killer for her
knee for over 5 hours. Seems likely this is enough time to be able to drive
safely and not be impaired. At the least this should of never been printed.
She didn't break the law it appears and the drug test didn't show she was
impaired. I would hope that the DMN would step up to the plate and make this
right to the Plaisteds.
One only need to look at the mugshot to know that she was still impaired. I'll
trust the police on this one, rather than some casual media reader.
I want to thank the deseret news for being very open with numerous stories that
may not neccesarily shed a positive light on the church. This shows true
It's sad how news of destruction run..........judgement is fast spread, the good
true will come.......and hopeful will not hurt them.We know who you are.
We love you
What a moron, driving under the influence of anything is wrong. The only reason
the charges were dropped was that she was the wife of someone special to the byu
community. Had it been you or I we would have been charged and convicted.
she looks wasted in that photo!
You people are ridiculous. You give an incomplete report. Lacey deserves an
apology from you all. How can you comment on someone you've never met. This is a
horrible article only meant to show a wonderful young women in a bad light. Get
your facts straight.