Police blotter, Sundance style: camel on Main Street, dirty dancing
January 22, 2013
The Park City Police Department counted on lots of traffic on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival.
But officers likely did not expect a camel to cause traffic problems.
The Police Department said it received a series of calls at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 about a man riding a camel up Park Avenue and Main Street. Officers found the camel and the rider, who was distributing fliers promoting a film, the police said in an online statement. The film had not been accepted into Sundance, according to the police.
The police wrote the man a ticket for obstructing traffic and was warned against distributing fliers. Officers escorted the man and the camel to a livestock trailer and a truck. The man and the camel left shortly afterward, the police said.
Film promoters have long seen Sundance as a place to attempt to widely publicize their movies, regardless of whether they are entered into Sundance.
The Police Department that afternoon, at approximately 4:30 p.m., also responded to what was described as a lewdness case involving dancers. The police were called to the 500 block of Main Street and found club dancers inside who could be seen from Main Street.
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"The attraction stopped and officers advised the management not to allow the public view dancing to continue," the police said in an online statement.
Meanwhile, the police at just before 3 p.m. on Friday were called to a Sundance ticketing location at or in the immediate vicinity of the Eccles Center after a loud bang was heard and the office reportedly began to fill with smoke. The police said a tent was being evacuated.
The police discovered that a fire extinguisher in the tent had discharged accidentally.
The Sundance Film Festival, particularly the opening weekend, is typically the busiest stretch of the year for the Police Department. The police handle more typical cases like drunkenness and people who are disorderly, but officers also respond to the outlandish.
The Police Department over a four-day span received at least two complaints about suspected fraud involving lodging, continuing a string of similar reports. On Sunday, the police fielded a report from the 1400 block of Woodside Avenue, where someone said they had rented the home after seeing it listed on the Internet, the police said in an online statement. The home was not for rent, the police said, indicating the person was a "victim of internet fraud." The police said the address has been involved in other suspected fraud cases.
In a similar case, reported at just after noon on Jan. 16, someone complained they had paid $800 for a deposit on a hotel reservation, but the hotel did not have the reservation. The deposit was made after the room was listed in an online posting, the police said.