In road rage, gun pointed at driver on S.R. 224, Park City police told
A man driving on S.R. 224 pointed a gun at another driver on Monday morning, the Park City Police Department said, describing the episode as a road rage case.
The incident was reported at 8:27 a.m. while the two drivers were inbound on the state highway. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the two drivers were on S.R. 224 close to Canyons Resort when the suspect became angry after the other driver did not allow him to pass. Once the man was able to pass, he made an obscene gesture toward the other driver, the police were told. He then pointed a handgun in the direction of the other vehicle, the police were told. The other driver called 911 on a cellphone.
A Park City police officer found the suspect’s vehicle, a black 2006 Audi A4 with tinted windows. The officer began to follow the vehicle when, it appeared, the driver started to attempt to evade the police by turning quickly without signaling, speeding and not stopping at stop signs, Kirk said. The officer following the vehicle at that point had not turned on the police lights.
The driver made "evasive maneuvers" once the officer turned on the police lights to pull the vehicle over, according to Kirk, who said there were "clear indications the driver was trying to get away." The driver eventually pulled over on Thaynes Canyon Drive close to Park Avenue. Several officers were at the scene and the police arrested the man at gunpoint without incident, Kirk said. The police found a loaded 9 mm gun in the vehicle, he said. Kirk said fur coats and collector coins were also found in the vehicle. The police suspect the coats and coins were stolen, he said.
The police arrested the man, a 25-year-old Summit County resident, on preliminary charges of aggravated assault, evading, reckless driving, possession of stolen property and driving with a suspended license, the Police Department said in an online statement. The aggravated assault charge stems from the report that the man pointed a handgun at the other driver. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
In an unrelated case earlier on Monday, the police arrested a suspected drunken driver after a foot chase that ended after the person fell off a rock wall in Old Town. The case was reported at the Old Town roundabout at 1:08 a.m.
Kirk said an officer stopped the 1999 Ford Explorer on Deer Valley Drive close to the Old Town roundabout after observing a series of traffic violations. Once the driver stopped, the officer suspected the 48-year-old Sandy man was drunk, he said. The man gave the officer his driver license and the vehicle registration. He then jumped out of the vehicle and ran across Deer Valley Drive toward the flagpole parking lot on Swede Alley, Kirk said. He fell approximately five feet off a rock wall to a ledge above a paved trail. Two officers ordered him to climb back up, Kirk said. One of the officers drew a Taser, he added.
The officers assisted him as he climbed up. He was not injured. The police booked him into the Summit County Jail on preliminary charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fleeing and traffic violations.
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