Park City party, giant and ‘chaotic,’ involves fights, spitting, drinking
October 18, 2016
The Park City Police Department responded to a giant party in Old Town on Saturday night, describing a scene that involved underage drinking, fights, suspected marijuana and numerous parking problems.
The Police Department regularly receives reports of parties in Old Town, but it is rare for one to be as large as the gathering on Saturday. The Police Department said at least several hundred people were at the residence, which is located on the 200 block of King Road, or walking nearby. The street is situated toward the southern end of Old Town and intersects with Park Avenue and Main Street at one end.
The police said the initial report – at a little bit before midnight — involved a noise disturbance. There were also reports of numerous parked vehicles on the narrow streets as well as people with open containers of alcohol walking in the vicinity of the party. The Police Department said the first officers to arrive saw vehicles were parked along the road on both sides of the street, hindering traffic. There were "hundreds of people walking on the roadway and cars still arriving in the area," the police said in an online posting.
The officers temporarily closed King Road to two-way traffic, instead restricting drivers to one way as vehicles that were blocking the road were removed.
As the officers were dealing with the parking and traffic problems, the police said, a fight started at the intersection of King Road and Ridge Avenue. There were other fisticuffs as well, the police said.
The Police Department said one person was knocked unconscious during a fight and was found in the road. The police did not catch the other person involved in that fight and did not have information about the suspect. Kirk said an ambulance took the victim to Park City Hospital to be treated for a cut lip, a loose tooth and pain in the jaw. He said the victim required stitches.
Officers arrested two other people on either disorderly conduct charges or on outstanding warrants. The police used a Taser against another person, a juvenile. The Taser probes did not penetrate the person's skin and officers caught the juvenile after a foot chase. The juvenile was taken to Park City Hospital and released into police custody, the Police Department said.
Someone at the party spit on a person who lives in the neighborhood, according to the police.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, responded to Old Town to assist the police officers. The Police Department said another fight started at that point and was broken up by the authorities. The Sheriff's Office found a substance suspected to be marijuana – described as enough for someone to distribute rather than use personally – in a vehicle and took a woman into custody who, according to the police, had a connection to the vehicle.
Four people were taken into custody by either the Police Department or the Sheriff's Office as a result of the party.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said there were lots of young people drinking alcohol, leading to many of the issues.
"It was chaotic, I guess, best way to describe it," Kirk said.
Kirk said the people who threw the party had rented the property. The owner or the property manager told the police the place was to be used that night for a small wedding reception, Kirk said. The person also told the police the rental contract allowed up to seven people to stay at the property and parties were prohibited.