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Sheriff’s report: driver fakes accident to cover up hit-and-run

Summit County Sheriff’s Report

Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on North Old Highway 40 on Friday.

A 23-year-old Park City man told deputies his vehicle crashed into a guardrail, but deputies noticed the vehicle matched the description of a hit-and-run in Park City the day before, according to a report. from the sheriff’s office. The damage to the vehicle did not match the accident described by the driver and there were no scuffs, damage or paint transfer to the guardrail. The man also placed a piece of his bumper detached from the original accident at the scene as false evidence.

The man provided deputies with a written statement about the accident, which they deemed to be false, to obtain a police report and defraud his insurance. He was taken into custody on several counts.



The sheriff’s office responded to a number of other calls between Monday, February 14 and Sunday, February 20, including several burglaries, robberies and incidents of domestic violence.

Sunday February 20



Deputies responded to a burglary in the Snyderville Basin. The Complainant told them that an unknown suspect had entered their unlocked vehicle which was parked in the driveway. The suspect then opened the garage door using the door opener inside the car. They removed two fat tire bikes, worth a total of $3,300. There is no CCTV or suspect reporting.

Deputies responded to a vehicle break-in on a footpath in Kimball Junction. An unknown suspect smashed the driver’s side window of a parked vehicle and took a jacket and wallet. There is no suspicious information.

A Kimball Junction business reported that a man and a woman pocketed several glasses and walked out of the store. The manager said he heard that another company was also targeted, but the manager of the other company did not have a good description of the suspects. Deputies were later told that a third business had also been hit, and an employee of that store followed the suspects outside and took down their license plate numbers. The plate went to a car rental company. CCTV collected from businesses shows that there were three suspects in total: two men and a woman. The woman had blond hair.

Saturday February 19

Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in the Snyderville Basin. The man said he received an alert on his phone that his garage door had been opened early in the morning while he was sleeping at home. He went to investigate and found that the door was open and two mountain bikes, worth a total of $8,000, were missing. Deputies reviewed surveillance footage of the home, which revealed that one or two men wearing hoodies and masks entered the owner’s unlocked vehicle, which was in his driveway, and took the garage door opener. They entered the garage and came out with a bicycle. The suspect cycled out of sight before returning for the second. The deputies planned to follow up.

A vehicle was stopped in the Snyderville Basin for speeding. Deputies made contact with the driver, a 31-year-old man from North Carolina, who showed signs of impairment. The driver performed poorly on a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving. Deputies also obtained a blood warrant and took a sample.

Friday February 18

A woman has reported that her diamond wedding ring was missing after a cleaning company visited her Silver Summit home. She told deputies she put her rings in a container knowing people were going to come in and out of the room. The woman went to put the rings on a few days later and noticed that one ring was missing. The deputies planned to follow up.

Deputies responded to a home in Summit Park following a family fight. Both sides gave deputies conflicting information regarding the incident. The deputies could not determine who the main aggressor was and separated them for the night. The matter will be reviewed by the Summit County attorney.

A 41-year-old man from Midvale has been arrested following a hit-and-run traffic accident at a business in Kimball Junction. The man eluded deputies for a short time and was incarcerated in Summit County Jail.

MPs were contacted by a car rental agency which reported that a car due for return on February 3 had never been returned. Several attempts were made to contact the suspect without success.

MPs patrolling a Kimball Junction apartment complex with a license plate reader were hit by a plate stolen from an SUV. The match has been confirmed at West Valley City. The vehicle’s owner was not home and the vehicle’s VIN did not come back listed as stolen.

Emergency dispatchers connected the deputies to an open call that appeared to be a domestic incident. Dispatchers told deputies they could hear a man and a woman arguing on the line. Deputies contacted both parties and determined the incident was a verbal argument. The 38-year-old man from Kamas was determined to be under the influence of alcohol while on probation in the county. He was held in Summit County Jail for 72 hours under the direction of his probation officer.

Deputies responded to a dispute between a driver and a passenger on Interstate 80. The driver told deputies that the passenger, a 30-year-old Murray man, was intoxicated and belligerent. The passenger was dropped off at a gas station in Kimball Junction shortly after the dispute. Deputies made contact with the man and determined that he was very drunk, restless and unable to care for himself, and arrested him.

Thursday February 17

Deputies have carried out an investigation into an incident of domestic violence that occurred the day before in Francis. The woman told deputies that during an argument her husband picked her up and threw her to the ground. Deputies observed bruises located on the right side of the woman’s body, which matched her statement. The 47-year-old Francis secured a lawyer, who told deputies he would not make a statement. The man agreed to surrender based on physical evidence.

A man reported that someone entered his construction site in Kamas and stole a generator from a locked cargo container and between 200 and 300 gallons of diesel fuel from heavy equipment. The deputies have no suspects.

Deputies responded to a report of theft in Kamas. The plaintiff said someone entered his job site and stole nearly 20 pounds of copper wire and 50 gallons of diesel fuel. There is no suspicious information.

Deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding in Summit Park. Deputies observed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle during the traffic stop. They searched the vehicle and found various amounts of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and open containers. The three occupants – a 22-year-old man from Park City, a 22-year-old woman from Park City and a 24-year-old man from Park City – received multiple citations and were released.

Deputies attempted to locate a vehicle that was traveling over 100 miles per hour and driving down the shoulder at Silver Summit. Deputies located the vehicle at a gas station, noticed prominent drug paraphernalia, and noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car. They searched the vehicle and found other drug paraphernalia. The 30-year-old from Whiterocks was found to have two active Vernal terms and was incarcerated in Summit County Jail.

Wednesday February 16

A man has contacted deputies to report that his friend’s rental vehicle was stolen from his driveway in Summit Park. The man told deputies the vehicle, a black Florida-registered Honda Accord, was unlocked with the keys inside. The car was later recovered in good condition in Salt Lake City by Unified Police. There are no suspects at this time.

Deputies called a 42-year-old Park City man who was found in the backyard of a Snyderville Basin residence and believed to be intoxicated. The man’s wife was contacted and took custody of him.

Deputies responded to a vehicle break-in at a business in the Snyderville Basin. A woman reported that her window had been smashed and her purse, AirPods, credit cards and ID had been seized. The credit cards were then used for a $560 purchase at a business. Suspicious photos were recovered from company cameras but there is no further information.

Willard City Police recovered a trailer that had been reported stolen in Summit County and identified a suspect. The case was forwarded to investigations for possible charges.

Monday February 14

Deputies on routine patrol observed a gray F-150 Raptor traveling north on SR 32 in Kamas at high speed and conducted a traffic check. The driver, a 44-year-old woodsman, smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the sheriff’s report. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving.