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Man drove through barricades, said ‘go ahead’ and ticket me, police say

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PARK CITY — A man who was apparently upset that his road was blocked off was arrested after police say he ignored an officer’s commands to stop, moved orange traffic cones, and then sped off.

Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, a Park City police officer was providing traffic control where a dump truck had hit and knocked over a power pole. That’s when the officer reported seeing a black sedan coming up the wrong way on a one-way street.

“The vehicle turned around in the middle of the intersection when the driver could not get any further because of a large power company truck blocking southbound,” according to a police affidavit.

The sedan then drove past the parked officer.

“I stepped partially out from behind my vehicle and put both my hands up to stop the car. When the car was stopped I walked around to the driver’s side and saw the driver was an older white male with gray hair and a gray beard. I asked him what he was doing and why he had just driven the wrong way on a one-way street and he yelled that he lived up here and was trying to get home. He then yelled, ‘You want to give me a ticket?’” according to the affidavit.

The officer informed the driver that he was, in fact, going to give him a ticket and told him to pull over to the curb, the affidavit states.

“The driver yelled, ‘Go ahead!’ and then accelerated away at a high rate of speed,” police wrote. “I had to jump back out of the way to avoid getting hit with the rear end of the sedan or have my foot run over.”

When the driver got to the intersection of Main Street and Swede Alley, he got out of his car and moved the orange barricades that were blocking the road due to the utility problem, the affidavit states, then sped away.

Using the officer’s dash-cam video plus a partial plate number the officer was able to see, the driver was found at his home “on the street just above the road closures,” arrested and taken to the Summit County Jail, the affidavit states.

The 67-year-old man was arrested for investigation of failing to stop at the command of an officer, failing to obey a barricade, going the wrong way on a one-way street, reckless endangerment and having expired vehicle registration.