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Jail awaits famous skier

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Judge Bruce Lubeck on Tuesday sentenced a famous Park City skier who led the police on a high-speed chase in March to 62.5 days in the Summit County Jail, allowing Jeremy Nobis to serve time before and after the height of the ski season.

Nobis, 36, is required to report to the jail at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 to serve 30 days. At 7 p.m. on May 4, 2007, Nobis must return to the jail to serve the remaining 32.5 days of the sentence.

Lubeck ordered Nobis to pay a $1,700 fine and placed him on probation for three years. During that time, he is barred from using or possessing alcohol or drugs, not allowed to go to bars and must submit to narcotic searches. He is also required to install a device on his car prohibiting him from drinking and driving.

In a deal with prosecutors, Nobis had pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge and a driver-license violation. Four other charges were dismissed.

If Nobis fails to comply with the sentence, he could be imprisoned for up to five years and fined $5,000 for the drunken-driving count and the driver-license violation carries a potential jail sentence of 180 days and a $1,000 fine.

Ron Yengich, the skier’s attorney, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. Summit County Attorney David Brickey was unavailable for comment.

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Lubeck sentenced Nobis seven months after a rare high-speed police chase in Park City. The Park City Police Department at the time said the 20-minute chase reached speeds as fast as 50 mph.

A police officer noticed Nobis driving a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche erratically at the intersection of Park Avenue and Deer Valley Drive. The officer tried to stop the vehicle but Nobis then sped away, the police said, traveling into Park Meadows on Homestake Road, Kearns Boulevard, Monitor Drive, Lucky John Drive, Little Kate Road and Racquet Club Drive.

Nobis struck a tree, collided with a police officer’s SUV and tried to run away from the police. Officers quickly captured him, the police said at the time. Nobody was injured.

The skier’s attorney at the time said Nobis was at a fundraiser before the chase.

Nobis competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics and he is well known for his roles in extreme-skiing movies.

In March, Nobis missed a court appearance to travel to British Columbia to perform in a ski film, prompting Lubeck to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Prosecutors said Nobis previously was convicted of drunken driving in 2005 and 1999.