Opening weekend of fest week, as usual, keeps officers busy

The opening weekend of film-festival week, always one of the busiest stretches of the year for the Park City Police Department, provided partying, drunkenness, parking problems and other shenanigans that are typical for the weekend.

The police report they had few cases that were out of the ordinary for the start of the Sundance Film Festival and the other festivals and events in Park City at the same time as Sundance.

Some incidents from the weekend include:

At 9:22 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, a man told the police he woke up at his place on the 100 block of Park Avenue and found a woman sleeping on a couch. She was combative and drunk, the police say, and she was taken to a hospital.

On Friday, Jan. 18 at 9:16 a.m., a dispute about parking in Old Town unfolded. According to the police, someone on Woodside Avenue parked near another car in front of a house. When the person returned, the other car was gone and someone had put a garbage can on top of the hood of the person's car. It scratched the car, the police were told.

Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week included:

On Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:13 p.m., the police handled a call reporting 12 demonstrators on the 500 block of Main Street. Public police logs do not provide details, but there have been numerous sightings of animal-rights activists on the street.

A woman complained to the police at 1:01 p.m.


that one of her arms might have been broken at a club on Main Street the night before. According to the police, she was pushed to the ground in a fight.

The police arrested a man after he reportedly was caught shoplifting on the 900 block of Iron Horse Drive. The man, who was arrested at 12:41 p.m., was also intoxicated, the police say.

The police wrote parking tickets after finding cars on the sidewalk on the 300 block of Deer Valley Drive.

Someone did not pay a taxi fare on the 1000 block of Park Avenue at 3:20 a.m.

Officers found a fight at 1:57 a.m. at the Park Avenue-14th Street intersection, and they had to chase the combatants down on Park Avenue. Public police logs indicate the police arrested two men, but the logs do not provide details about the charges.

An officer warned a person against projecting a film onto a wall on the 400 block of Main Street at 3:47 a.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:34 p.m., a confrontation between a man and a taxi driver was reported from the 1200 block of Kearns Boulevard. The police say the taxi driver reportedly pushed the man.

Two men stormed a theater on the 2200 block of Sidewinder Drive, the police say, and they refused to leave. They later left.

The police twice warned people on the 500 block of Main Street to remove a banner advertising a brand of vodka from an apartment.

People inside a van reportedly were throwing items at people on the 500 block of Main Street. Public police logs do not provide details.

On Friday, Jan. 18 at 12:21 p.m., snowboarders were reportedly seen building ramps on Iron Horse Drive. Someone told the police at 10:50 a.m. their vehicle's tires were slashed on the 1100 block of Deer Valley Drive.

On Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:08 p.m., a hit-and-run traffic accident was reported.

A telephone line reportedly fell to the street on the 300 block of Park Avenue at 10:17 a.m.

A police officer intervened when someone reportedly refused to pay a tab on the 400 block of Main Street. After the officer arrived, the person paid.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:13 p.m., a hit-and-run traffic was reported on the 1500 block of Snow Creek Drive.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 1:20 p.m., someone reported their skis were stolen at Deer Valley.

On Monday, Jan. 14 at 8:35 a.m., two men were seen fighting on Prospector Avenue. The fight escalated, the police were told, but public police logs do not provide details.