February 5, 2008
Snowstorms create treacherous roads, keep police officers busy
The Park City Police Department, operating during the big snowstorms, responded to many calls last week related to the weather and the slippery road conditions.
Police logs show drivers had trouble navigating the roads, snowplows reportedly struck several cars, including a Mercedes-Benz in Prospector, and there were complaints of cars becoming stuck in big snowdrifts.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:55 p.m., for instance, the police were called to Rossi Hill Drive, where a Volkswagen Jetta reportedly became stuck in the road. According to Police Department logs, the person told the police he did not want to pay a tow truck because, he said, the city’s snowplow fleet had not plowed the street all winter.
Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week included:
On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:40 a.m., someone on Three Kings Drive reported seeing a moose.
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A man told the police he was assaulted on the 400 block of Main Street at 2:27 a.m. He sought treatment at a hospital in Heber. Public police logs do not provide details about the case, but the incident was reported around the time bars on Main Street close, and the location is near several nightclubs.
On Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:44 p.m., an officer saw a driver pulling a sled behind the car on American Saddler Drive. The officer warned the driver not to continue. Similar cases are reported once in a while in Park City, with the police typically telling people to stop.
The police and an ambulance were summoned to the 1200 block of Deer Valley Drive at 10:04 a.m. after someone reported a traffic accident. The police say a car rolled over, but public police logs do not provide details. They do not indicate whether someone was injured.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, as the snowstorms pounded the region, the Police Department responded to numerous accidents, including those on S.R. 248, in the Old Town roundabout and at Snow Creek. Police logs do not provide details about the accidents, but many that were reported during the snowstorms were fender benders or slide-offs.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 4:06 p.m., two men reportedly built a snowboard jump out of snow on the Rail Trail, the popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing spot with its western end off Bonanza Drive. A police officer talked to the people found building the jump. Police logs do not provide details about the jump’s location. The Rail Trail is easily accessible from Bonanza Drive and points in Prospector.
A van reportedly struck a utility pole on the 500 block of Park Avenue at 7:10 p.m. It then became stuck in a snow bank.
At 8:25 a.m., the police received a complaint that a person’s neighbors parked in the way of snowplows on the 500 block of Woodside Avenue, a narrow stretch of street in upper Old Town. The police were told two cars were problems.
On Monday, Jan. 28 at 10:37 p.m., someone on Iron Canyon Court called the police reporting a naked man was at their door. The police were told someone dared the man to do so. He was gone when officers arrived.
A moose was seen in the road near the S.R. 224-Meadows Drive intersection at 9:23 p.m.
At 6:23 p.m., someone told the police a bicycle was taken from a garage on the 600 block of Deer Valley Loop.
At 2:39 p.m., someone reported a theft on the 6500 block of Lookout Drive. The police classify the case as a felony, but public police logs provide few details. The case occurred during the Sundance Film Festival in January, the police say.
A young moose was seen in a parking lot on the 1600 block of Park Avenue at 12:55 p.m.
Someone told the police their skis were stolen on the 7700 block of Stein’s Way at 10:40 a.m.
The police describe an accident on the Mine Road at 9:06 a.m. as being minor. Both drivers left the scene because of "treacherous" road conditions, the police say.
A driver struck a pedestrian at about 8:01 a.m. at the Park Avenue-Snow Creek Drive intersection and drove away southbound, the direction toward the Resort Center and Old Town, the police say. According to the Police Department, the person was in a crosswalk when he was struck.
Public police logs provide few details, but the person refused medical attention. The person did not get a license-plate number on the vehicle, described as a blue-colored truck.
At 1:34 a.m., a drunk man reportedly was throwing snowballs from the roof of a building on the 400 block of Main Street.