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Woman fears for life during Park City taxi ride

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Police Department in late January received a complaint that a taxi driver drove erratically, scaring a passenger, before hitting another vehicle after dropping the passenger off.

The report was logged at 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 28 on the 1800 block of Park Avenue. Rick Ryan, a police captain, said a 44-year-old woman from Ogden called for a taxi to take her to a fast-food restaurant at Kimball Junction. The woman told the police she feared for her life as the taxi drove to Kimball Junction. She left her wallet in the vehicle when the driver arrived at the restaurant, Ryan said.

She contacted the police but did not have the identity of the taxi company, saying that the vehicle was a white van, he said. An officer responded to the 1800 block of Park Avenue and found someone who said a white van had just hit his car in a parking lot and left after the sides exchanged information, Ryan said.

The officer found the van and pulled it over. Ryan said the officer asked the driver whether he had found a wallet, the driver answered that he had and he gave the wallet to the officer.

The driver told the police the woman complained about the approximately $25 cost of the trip to the restaurant at Kimball Junction.

"He says get out of my car, there’s no charge, and then he leaves," Ryan said, describing that the driver became frustrated with the passenger and adding, "She kept complaining as they were driving."

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The Police Department notified the woman it had the wallet at the Park Avenue police station for her to retrieve. Ryan said the Police Department determined there was no criminal activity in the case.

Police Department logs indicated the woman in the initial report said the driver was weaving, braked abruptly on the side of the road and screamed at the passenger.

The police in late January, meanwhile, received a series of other reports involving transportation companies. Some of the cases included:

  • on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 11:14 a.m., the police reported a driver for Uber "thought the middle of the road" was a location to park and look for a phone. An officer told the driver a parking lot was a safer place, according to police logs.
  • on Jan. 27 at 2:03 a.m., someone reported a taxi driver refused to turn on the meter. The person was at or close to the intersection of Park Avenue and Snow Creek Drive. The Police Department indicated the case was civil in nature rather than criminal.
  • on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:24 p.m., someone reported Uber vehicles were parked in a parking lot on the 100 block of Park Avenue.