Former Olympian charged with assault
January 14, 2016
Former Olympic downhill skier Picabo Street is facing assault charges in Summit County after being arrested last month for allegedly pushing her 76-year-old father down two flights of stairs.
Street, 44, of Park City, was charged with misdemeanor assault and three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, both Class B misdemeanors, according to court documents. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction.
Street was arraigned on Dec. 28 and documents were filed with the 3rd District Court on Jan. 4. Street is scheduled to appear again for a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The former star athlete was arrested on Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. at her home in the Silver Summit neighborhood after she locked her father, Roland, in the basement before calling dispatch.
According to a probable cause statement, Street’s father told deputies that the altercation began when he was leaving the home and he "bumped" his car into the house. He said Street began yelling at him and the fight turned physical in front of Street’s three children.
The statement says Street grabbed his shoulder/neck and pushed him down the stairs after she claims he pulled her hair. The arresting deputy noted several cuts on Roland’s elbow and neck.
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Ivy Telles, a Summit County prosecutor, said she plans on working with Street’s attorney, Jason Richards, to resolve the case. Telles said Street doesn’t have a criminal history and based on the events that unfolded that night she is "not looking to go to trial."
"Usually what I do with these types of cases is I’ll either reduce the charges or offer a way to keep it off her criminal record. However, it will be one or the other, not both," Telles said. "I might make several different options available for her and her attorney to discuss to see what route she wants to take, but if she’s adamant about fighting the charges we will set another date to go for trial."
Telles said Street’s attorney has not yet reached out to her.
The hall of fame skier made her mark in the sport after she won the silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics and the gold medal in the super-G in the 1998 Winter Olympics, in addition to a string of World Championships.
Street spent more than 10 years on the U.S. Ski team, served as the national spokesperson for the National Children’s Alliance and as director of skiing for Park City Mountain Resort before retiring in 2002, as previously reported in the Park Record.
She has lived in Park City for several years and has three children.
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