A longtime member of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office passed away Saturday while off-duty, in a tragic off-road accident east of Paradise. Lt. Brian Locke died after rolling a UTV at Cold Water Ranch, a private hunting reserve.
According to emergency radio traffic, a deputy located Locke pinned under the UTV around 8:30 p.m. He had reportedly been stuck for more than nine- hours. Around 11:30 a.m. he rolled the side-by-side vehicle fifty-yards down a hill and remained trapped under it until located by the off-duty deputy, who was able to radio for help.
Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the accident. They were able to free Locke from under the UTV and begin providing first aid. A medical helicopter was requested, but it was unable to be dispatched because of weather. Instead, he was transported by paramedics to the hospital and later passed away from his injuries.
According to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Locke began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a deputy. He served in the jail, as a patrol deputy, detective, patrol sergeant, as well as an investigations sergeant.
In 2004, Locke was promoted to Lieutenant where he served as the Deputy Jail Commander, Jail Commander, and Patrol Commander. He most recently oversaw the Investigations Division and Search and Rescue.
Memorial services are being arranged.
Former Sheriff Lynn Nelson posted on his Facebook page, “Tragic loss of my close friend, Brian Locke. He was an awesome friend and a great mentor to me. His insight, support, and friendship will greatly be missed. Our prayers are with his family.”