Sundance blotter: bare breasts, stolen film tickets and disorderliness |

Sundance blotter: bare breasts, stolen film tickets and disorderliness

There were huge crowds enjoying Park City last weekend as the Sundance Film Festival opened.

But not everyone behaved.

The Park City Police Department responded to numerous complaints over the first four days of the festival. The cases were similar to ones reported during past opening weekends of the festival, when Park City is usually at its most crowded. There were parking problems, drunkenness and disorderly people, many of them along Main Street or just off the street.

The film festival is normally the busiest period of the year for the Police Department as officers heavily patrol Main Street alongside regular patrols. Reinforcements are tapped from other law enforcement agencies during Sundance.

"Things are really going pretty well, for this many people here," Police Chief Wade Carpenter said.

Carpenter said more than 40 law enforcement officers were on duty during any 12-hour period over the opening weekend of the festival, perhaps 10 times more officers than on a typical day. The Police Department hired police officers from other agencies to reinforce the local agency. The Utah Highway Patrol and officers from the ranks of the state Adult Probation & Parole also operated in Park City, Carpenter said.

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"High-profile policing is definitely a deterrent," he said, adding, "People want and like to see law enforcement out."

Carpenter said police officers teamed with the Park City Building Department to monitor the temporary corporate setups along Main Street, asking a few to remove people from inside to bring the number down to the occupancy limit.

Some of the cases, compiled from the Police Department’s incident reports, included:

  • on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11:36 a.m., the police received a report of the theft of Sundance Film Festival tickets from a room on Sidewinder Drive.
  • on Jan. 24 at 4:11 p.m., the police received a report that someone used fraudulent Sundance credentials and a fraudulent parking pass. The report was logged on the 600 block of Park Avenue. The person was gone when the police arrived. The Police Department classified the case as suspected fraud.
  • at 2:19 p.m. on Jan. 24, a police officer reportedly attempted to stop a pedestrian from walking into traffic at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. The police suspected the person was intoxicated. The person resisted and was arrested, the police said.
  • on Jan. 24 at 10:03 a.m., a Main Street business owner lodged a complaint with police that people in line for Sundance impacted the business. The police said Sundance events operated within City Hall rules and permits. The police told the person to contact City Hall or Sundance with concerns.
  • on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4:05 a.m., a man was seen sleeping in a vehicle on Iron Horse Drive. The person told the police he was a driver for a transportation company that does business online. The person planned to sleep in the vehicle until Sundance started, the police said. The police indicated the circumstances were suspicious.

    Phil Kirk, a Park City police captain, meanwhile, posted information online about selected cases. Some of the notable cases Kirk highlighted include:

  • on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 12:44 a.m., officers were called to a Main Street nightclub, where a woman was suspected to be intoxicated. She would not leave the establishment, Kirk said. She showed her breasts on a rear balcony and was "disorderly toward staff and officers as they attempted to subdue her," Kirk said. She was arrested on charges of lewdness, failing to leave a bar and intoxication, he said.
  • on Friday, Jan. 23 at 3:08 a.m., security staffers at a temporary nightclub on Main Street told the police of a woman who was suspected of being intoxicated "to the point where she would fall over if left standing on her own." Kirk said the woman was arrested on an intoxication charge.