Police Blotter: the always-entertaining Sundance edition
January 22, 2014
Officers handle standard-fare cases alongside some oddities
The Park City Police Department was busy during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival with numerous calls, including cases that were standard fare for the festival and some that were oddities.
There were reports of loud music, parties and suspected drunkenness, common types of calls during the festival. But there was also a leashed goat seen on Main Street, two cases involving someone wearing a jock strap on Main Street, a report that someone was yelling communist phrases and a complaint about a low-flying paraglider.
The festival’s opening weekend is typically one of the busiest stretches of the year for the Police Department.
Incidents reported last week included:
On Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7:19 a.m., the police received a complaint about what was described as an assault somewhere along Sidewinder Drive. One taxi driver apparently shoved another, police logs indicated.
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The police fielded a complaint at 3:31 a.m. that someone had been playing loud music for four hours along Gallivan Loop.
At 3:25 a.m., the police received a report that a driver hit a parked car somewhere along Norfolk Avenue. A taxi driver followed the suspect vehicle to a convenience store, the police said. The Police Department classified the case as suspected drunken driving.
At 3:07 a.m., a passenger reportedly refused to pay a $32 taxi fare somewhere along Prospector Avenue. The police were told the person did not want to pay double the normal fare during the Sundance Film Festival. The police indicated the case was civil, not criminal, in nature.
At 1:15 a.m., someone resisted arrest on the 700 block of Main Street. Public police logs did not provide details. The police a little bit earlier were dispatched to the same block, where loud music was reported.
On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:52 p.m., a man and a woman, appearing to be intoxicated, were seen somewhere along Woodside Avenue falling into the street. Someone stopped to help them and they became belligerent, the police were told. The person who tried to help left.
At 10:29 p.m., the police warned a temporary event space along Main Street to keep the sidewalk clear.
At 6:43 p.m., the police received a report that a backpack containing a tablet-style computer was stolen somewhere along Little Kate Road. The device was tracked to a location in the Park City area, but it was not clear from public police logs where.
At 3:16 p.m., a man wearing a jock strap was seen somewhere along Main Street. The police classified the case as intoxication.
A vehicle was reported to have been vandalized with eggs and barbecue sauce on the 1400 block of Woodside Avenue. The police received the report at 2:58 p.m., but it was not clear from public police logs when the vandalism occurred.
At 1:14 p.m., the police received a complaint that someone was "yelling communist phrases out the windows" along the 600 block of Main Street. The person was also soliciting money, the police were told. A radio channel with ties to Sundance filed the report, the police said.
At 12:01 p.m., someone on Keystone Court reported that a vehicle was found in a garage that does not belong to the homeowner. The police were told a mechanic might be operating without a license.
Three hunters with rifles were seen on or just off Round Valley Drive at 11:12 a.m. They were dressed in orange, the police were told.
At 8:41 a.m., dogs reportedly were chasing a woman in the vicinity of the intersection of Morning Star Drive and Morning Star Court. The woman fell, but she was not bitten, the police were told.
At 3:53 a.m., a party was reported on Stonebridge Circle.
Two suspected intoxication cases were reported within 26 minutes of each other, the first at 1:50 a.m. on Deer Valley Drive. The second was at the Old Town transit center. An assault, meanwhile, was reported at 1:14 a.m.
At 12:14 a.m., a party was reported somewhere along Woodside Avenue. The police classified the case as disturbing the peace.
On Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:47 p.m., the police received a complaint that a driver along Main Street might be operating a private vehicle as a taxi. The vehicle did not have the markings of a taxi, but it did have a yellow taxi light, the police were told. The person who lodged the complaint said the driver turns off the taxi light when a police officer is spotted.
At 3:42 p.m., the police received a complaint from the Eccles Center that a screening had been oversold and approximately 30 people needed to be removed. Some of them were upset, but the scene was not out of hand, the police were told. The tickets were refunded.
At 2:08 p.m., the police were told that a taxi driver along Main Street might have overcharged someone. The driver was rude, the police were told.
At 1:12 p.m., a person was seen walking down the 600 block of Main Street wearing only a fur jock strap.
At 11 a.m., the police received a report that a paraglider was flying low around Park City. The call was logged on Main Street.
At 12:31 a.m., the police received a complaint that people were told to leave the Heber Avenue building where Sundance’s main box office is located. The police were told festival organizers in the past allowed people to spend the night inside while waiting to purchase tickets.
The Police Department at 11:48 p.m., received a report that three men wearing dark-colored clothing were seen along Deer valley Drive carrying a Sundance sign taken from a bus stop.
On Thursday, Jan. 16 at 5:43 p.m., the police received a report that alcohol was not supposed to be served at a location on the 600 block of Park Avenue. State alcohol regulators were contacted.
At 3:22 p.m., someone contacted the police complaining that a "droid helicopter" was being flown on the 500 block of Main Street.
A goat was seen on a leash somewhere along Main Street at 1:55 p.m.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 5:57 p.m., the police received a complaint that a van was idling for 45 minutes along the 500 block of Main Street. Nobody was inside the vehicle, the police were told.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 1:48 p.m., two couches were reported to have been stolen from a garage on the 8900 block Empire Club Drive.
On Monday, Jan. 13 at 1:13 p.m., skis were reported to have been stolen from a truck on the 1700 block of Sidewinder Drive.
At 6:01 a.m., a man was seen sleeping on a bench in the Old Town transit center.