Nobis warrant recalled
A warrant for the arrest of Jeremy Nobis, the famous skier accused of leading the police on a high-speed chase on March 12, was recalled on March 28, the Third District Court reported.
Nobis missed a court appearance in March and Judge Bruce Lubeck issued a $5,000 warrant for his arrest. Nobis was in British Columbia filming a ski movie, his attorney, Ned Stone, said at the time.
Stone said he asked the court to recall the warrant, arguing that he told his client that it would not be a problem if he missed the court appearance.
He said in an interview this week that Nobis was planning to spend time in the Northwest after he returned from British Columbia and he intends to be in Park City by April 18, his next court date.
"It means that he’s not going to be arrested when he walks off the plane in Salt Lake," Stone said.
Nobis plans to plead not guilty on all charges.
The police and prosecutors say that Nobis led officers on the three-mile chase through Park Meadows. Speeds reached 50 mph. He is charged with drunken driving and reckless driving among other counts.
Stone has said that there are "significant discrepancies" between the prosecutors’ version and what Nobis claims happened.
Nobis competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics and spent eight years on the U.S. Ski Team.
He has twice been convicted on drunken-driving charges, once in 2005 and once in 1999, the prosecutors have said.
Bus service delayed
Park City Transit has delayed its dial-a-ride bus service almost two months, Eric Nessett, who runs the transit system, said in a recent report to the Park City Council.
Nessett said in the report that the service will launch on April 17, well after the initial target date of Feb. 24. The report blames a bus-driver shortage for the delay.
It said that the transit system’s expanded wintertime schedule is reduced in mid-April, freeing drivers up for the dial-a-ride service. The report said that the city expects to retain enough bus drivers after the winter bus schedule is halted to provide the dial-a-ride service.
The dial-a-ride route runs between the Old Town transit center and the Quinn’s Junction recreation complex on Deer Valley Drive, Park Avenue and Kearns Boulevard.
It operates from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day. It is free and available to anyone.
Nessett said people using the service must call at least two hours beforehand to schedule a trip. The service’s number is 640-7819. The number is not operational until April 17.
Park City sees its free bus system as one of its key services, saying that by keeping the buses free, many people board buses instead of driving cars.
In late March, the bus system carried its one-millionth rider in 2006.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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