Festival draws drunkenness, parking problems, loud marketers
As is typical, Park City police officers were jammed during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival, dealing with drunken festival revelers on Main Street, with scores of cars parked in places they shouldn’t have and with big crowds late into the night.
The Police Department reports officers responded to a calls throughout the opening weekend, lots of them from Main Street and nearby roads. Some involved marketers and others were demonstrators, the police say, both hallmarks of the goings-on in Park City during the festival.
On Sunday, the officers wrote parking tickets, including on the 900 block of Park Avenue and the 1000 block of Park Avenue, both close to Main Street, and at 11:43 a.m., arrested a man on a charge of public intoxication after what was reported as an assault on the 400 block of Main Street.
That afternoon, at 1:19 p.m., the police were told that people in a motor home used for marketing were driving on Main Street, playing loud music and throwing energy drink cans at people.
Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week included:
On Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12:13 a.m., two kids were reportedly locked in a car at Park City Mountain Resort. The police say officers entered the vehicle.
At 2:31 p.m., the police received a complaint that demonstrators were rallying outside a fur gallery on the 500 block of Main Street. An officer determined that the people were following the rules of a permit.
The police intervened on the 900 block of Iron Horse Drive at 5:58 p.m. after a fight was reported between someone accused of shoplifting and someone at the business. The police arrested the person on shoplifting and trespassing charges.
An officer warned a driver for not stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk on the 1500 block of Park Avenue at 6:22 p.m.
A police officer warned a driver in what is described as a stretch Hummer for showing movies out of a window. The police found the vehicle at 7:52 p.m. on the 400 block of Swede Alley.
At 9:35 p.m., an officer warned a woman for trying to ride a cow sculpture outside a store on the 400 block of Main Street.
Animal-rights protesters were reportedly demonstrating on the 500 block of Main Street at 2:43 p.m.
A person told the police they lost a wallet at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue at 11:40 p.m. The police say between $700 and $800 in cash was inside, as well as credit cards and identification.
At 1:34 a.m., the police arrested a man on a drunken-driving charge on the 2100 block of Monitor Drive.
At 3:03 a.m., the police received a complaint that coats and cell phones were stolen on the 400 block of Main Street.
On Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10:44 p.m., a person reported a snowboard was stolen on the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue.
At 8:39 p.m., a diner on the 700 block of Main Street reportedly left without paying a bill. The police say the tab was $300.
At 3:08 p.m., a vehicle was reported burglarized on Three Kings Drive. Damage is more than $200, the police say. Later, at 4:12 p.m., another vehicle burglary was reported on Jupiter View Drive.
At 12:24 p.m., a snowboard was reported stolen at 12:24 p.m. at PCMR.
The police arrested a person on a charge of turning in a false report that a car was
stolen on the 2200 block of Monitor Drive. The police say the car was reported stolen but
then was in an accident.
On Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m., the police received a complaint that hot-air balloons
were taking off on the 1600 block of Park Avenue.
A fireworks complaint was lodged from the 1900 block of Cooke Drive at 4:57
The police say two soft-drink trucks, one from Coca-Cola and the other from 7UP were involved in an accident. The Coke truck hit the other vehicle and left, the police were told. An officer found both involved and they exchanged information.
On Thursday, Jan. 18 at 1:18 a.m., the police arrested a woman on a drunken-driving charge on the 500 block of Main Street.
On Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5:02 p.m., three kids were reportedly in the City Park skate park with snowboards.
On Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 4:54 p.m., skis were reported stolen at PCMR. The skis are valued at more than $200, the police say.
At 10:13 a.m., skis were reported stolen on the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue.
On Monday, Jan. 15 at 8:01 a.m., the police received a complaint that a toolbox fell from a vehicle at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Park Avenue. The tools scattered in the road and were cleaned up.
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The Park City lodging industry in recent weeks experienced an uptick in projected occupancy numbers during the dates of the Sundance Film Festival, but the figures remain depressed from a typical year during the largest special event on the city’s calendar.