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Kimball Junction Man Arrested After Pulling Knife On Uber Driver

Summit County Sheriff's Office

Summit County deputies responded last weekend to the report of an Uber driver being threatened by a passenger. The rider was booked into county jail without incident.

The spokesman for the department, Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wight, said they received a call early Sunday morning, the 10th at about 3:20 am.

The Uber driver said he picked up a group on Main Street—including three people headed for an address in Silver Creek Estates, and a 25-year-old male who got in the vehicle.

The driver said during the trip, he became concerned that the passengers were snorting drugs. So after he dropped off the trio at Silver Creek, he asked the last passenger to find another way to get home.

The male became confrontational, pulled out a knife and demanded a ride for free. He tried to get back into the vehicle several times but was locked out. The Uber driver said the suspect threw firewood at his vehicle, but a deputy didn’t find evidence of that claim.

Responding deputies found the suspect was lying in a snow bank and was intoxicated. Lt. Wright said the suspect, who lives at Kimball Junction, was booked for Aggravated Assault, Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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