Public Safety Report
Aug. 16, 2012
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Man threatens to blow up trailer

A Moab man and woman were arrested Aug. 11 after their daughter called police to report that the man was trying to blow up her mobile home using the gas stove. Police arrived at the home at about 1:30 a.m. to find the daughter, 24, and her two young children upset. The father, 46, was sitting on the couch with his face buried in his hands, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.

The daughter said her father had become angry because his bottle of alcohol was gone, turned on all the burners on the gas stove and filled the trailer with gas while the daughter and her children were in their bedrooms. She told them her mother took the alcohol with her when she left and the man left the home, threatening to return and blow up the trailer if he did not find his bottle, according to the police report.

He came back and, finding the doors locked, entered the trailer through a window, according to the report. The father again turned on all the gas burners and threatened to blow up the house. The mother also returned to the home and police reported that the mother and father were both intoxicated.

The mother and father were both placed under arrest for intoxication and disorderly conduct, according to the report. Police also found a marijuana pipe and marijuana in the man’s pocket and he was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He also faces charges of making threats against life and property, according to the report.

Argument ends couple’s vacation

A California couple ended their vacation to Moab early after an ongoing argument escalated into threats of physical violence, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. An employee of a local motel contacted police on Aug. 9 at 1:18 a.m. to report that a guest ran into the motel lobby screaming for help.

The woman, 39, told police that an argument began while she and her boyfriend were visiting Arches National Park earlier in the evening. She said her boyfriend “covered her mouth and said he would kill her if she didn’t shut up,” according to the report.

The argument continued after they returned to the motel and she said her boyfriend again covered her mouth and threatened to kill her. She told police she was scared but did not want to get him in trouble.

The man, 46, told police that he and the girlfriend were both physically aggressive. Neither was injured, police said. He said he just wanted to get his things from the room and her vehicle and leave, according to the report.

Police helped the man gather his belongings and gave him a ride to a different motel. He said he would rent a car to return home to California, according to the report.

Man charged with DUI

A Moab man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 11 after a witness called police to report a vehicle driving erratically on S. U.S. 191, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.

The witness told police that the vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic lanes and almost went off the road near a construction site south of Moab, according to the report. When police stopped the vehicle the officer saw an open beer inside. The driver, 33, told police he had consumed three beers, according to the report. The man failed several field sobriety tests but refused to submit to an alcohol breath test at the scene, according to the report.

While doing an inventory of the vehicle prior to having it towed away, police found cocaine in a chewing tobacco container, according to the report.

The man was booked into Grand County Jail on charges of DUI, possession of cocaine and driving with an open container.

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