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Summit Deputies Still Responding In Time Of COVID-19

Summit County Sheriff's Office

The workday for the Summit County Sheriff’s Department has changed a little because of the COVID-19 shutdown.    But there is still a need for the deputies to be on patrol.

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andrew Wright said their incident activity is down a bit, since residents have been instructed to self-isolate.    He said they are probably seeing fewer traffic accidents.

He said the focus for their officers is to patrol and be seen in areas that are still attracting residents, like grocery stores.

Among recent cases, officers responded to a motorist-and-pedestrian dispute on Thursday night, the 19th.   A 42-year-old resident said that she was walking along a road in Pinebrook with a group, including dogs and children, when a motorist appeared to accelerate as he approached them.

The woman slapped her hand on the rear window and screamed at him to slow down.    The driver stopped and exited the car, allegedly pushed the woman into a snowbank, and fell on top of her, as other individuals tried to stop him.

The driver, identified as a 63-year-old area resident, was cited for assault and disorderly conduct.

Lt. Wright said they want people to be courteous and work together, especially now, when stressed-out residents feel the need to get out of their homes and walk around.

Meanwhile, it is still winter, and occasionally outdoor recreationists will need help.    The Sheriff’s report said that on the 19th a 34-year-old snowmobiler was injured in the High Uintas, west of the Mirror Lake Highway.    First Responders from Evanston, Wyoming transported the victim out of the area by toboggan and he was taken to an area hospital.

And on the night of  Friday, the 20th, a 53-year-old skier was injured in the Pine  Meadows Ranch area, in the hills west of Tollgate Canyon.   He was retrieved by medical personnel.

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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