Park City man arrested for pulling knife on Uber driver
A 25-year-old man from Park City was arrested over the weekend after pulling a knife on an Uber driver and threatening him in an attempt to get a free ride, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Andrew Wright, with the Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to the incident at around 3:22 a.m. Sunday in the Silver Creek neighborhood.
The driver told deputies he picked the man up, along with several other passengers, on Main Street in Park City to take them to a home in Silver Creek, according to a probable cause statement.
The man asked the driver to take him to Kimball Junction after dropping off the other passengers, which the driver agreed to at first, the statement alleges. The driver later changed his mind, though, after he thought he saw the man “snorting drugs” with the other passengers in the back of his vehicle.
The statement alleges the driver told the man to get out of his car at the Silver Creek residence and find another ride home, causing the man to become confrontational and argumentative. The driver then locked his car doors, fearing for his safety, as the man made multiple attempts to get into the vehicle.
The driver told deputies the man grabbed a piece of firewood and threw it at his car. However, deputies were unable to find evidence supporting that claim.
The statement alleges the man then pulled a knife on the driver, demanding a free ride back to Kimball Junction. When deputies arrived, they found the man lying in a nearby snowbank smelling “strongly of alcoholic beverage.” He was arrested under suspicion of aggravated assault, intoxication and disorderly conduct.
The Sheriff’s Office occasionally responds to reports involving ride-share drivers, Wright said. However, the cases often involve an intoxicated passenger who refuses to exit the vehicle or is too intoxicated to care for themselves. He said the cases rarely involve the driver being threatened with a weapon.
“This is just kind of one of those situations where it’s great that the man chose not to drive and get behind the wheel,” he said. “But, he was so intoxicated he started making some bad decisions where it went too far and he actually threatened the driver, which is why he was arrested.”
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