The man who drove the SUV, John Deere, had been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in February and has pleaded not guilty to driving under a suspension.
He was booked into the jail on Friday after posting $10,000 bail.
It was not clear if the bail had been set at the request of Deere’s attorneys.
Deere was released on $500,000 bond.
The U.S. Forest Service had asked for Deere to be held in custody pending the outcome of the criminal case, according to a statement released by the agency on Saturday.
The agency said in a statement that Deere had been taken into custody because of a “high risk of dangerous driving” and that his arrest was consistent with the agency’s policies.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said Deere could not be reached for comment.
Deers Valley Fire Department spokesman Mark Littel told Axios that the fire department received a call at 10:45 p.m. that a “motorist was allegedly driving an SUV while under the effect of alcohol and while on the verge of a crash,” according to the news release.
Littl said the fire company received the call from the sheriff in the early morning hours.
“He’s being held at the station pending further investigation.
He’s not going to be transported out of town,” Littler said.
Deese has been the subject of a number of high-profile deaths and injuries in recent years.
He is survived by his wife and three children, according in a family statement.
The investigation into the crash has been going on for some time, but a spokesperson for Forest Service spokesman David Crouch told Axi that the agency did not receive any additional information until Thursday night.
The incident is still under investigation.
De Pere was charged with DUI and careless driving after his truck crashed into a tree, which is protected under the federal tree-planting law, according the news report.