Public Safety Report
May 3, 2012
by Times-Independent Staff
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Dog bites 6-year-old

A 6-year-old child was bitten by a neighbor’s dog on Van Buren Court while playing outside on April 29 at about 10 a.m., according to a Moab City Police Department report. The child’s grandmother told police that the child and her brother were crossing the street when the dog – a pit bull or pit bull mix that had apparently broken its chain – started biting at the girl. The brother kicked the dog and told the girl to run, according to the report.

She ran and hid between the screen door and the inside door at her home, according to the report. The child was bitten on the left ankle and forearm and the right upper arm. The grandmother later discovered another bite mark on the child’s buttocks, according to the report. She also suffered multiple scrapes and bruises.

The dog was located and transported to the Moab City Animal Shelter to be quarantined. The dog’s owner asked police if she could just put the animal down. She was told she could, if she wanted to, once the quarantine period ended.

County jail building tagged with graffiti

A Grand County Sheriff’s Department jailer reported finding graffiti painted on the Grand County Jail building on April 28, according to a Moab City Police report. The jailer said the vandalism was not present during an earlier perimeter check of the facility. It was discovered at about 10:54 p.m.

No security cameras cover that area of the building, according to the report.

Man arrested for intoxication

Moab City Police were called to a home on Kane Creek on April 28 by a resident reporting a disturbance. On arrival police saw a man, 51, leaving the home and detained him. The man appeared intoxicated, according to a police report, and had to hold onto the police cruiser to keep from falling down.

The resident told police the man started yelling at him and would not leave, so he called 911. The 51-year-old was arrested for public intoxication. According to the police report, an alcohol breath test given to the man at Grand County Jail showed an alcohol content of .251, more than three times the legal limit.

Erratic driving lands woman in jail

A Moab woman, 23, was arrested April 28 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a Moab City Police officer saw the woman’s vehicle erratically cross two lanes of traffic then turn into a gas station parking lot.

The officer approached the driver, who could not produce a driver license but did have an insurance card in the vehicle. According to the police report, she failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and transported to Grand County Jail. The woman’s sister was allowed to pick up the vehicle at the parking lot.

Police investigate family fight

Moab City Police officers were called to a Walnut Lane home at about 2:30 a.m. on April 30 on a report of a family disturbance. At the scene, the mother, who also lived at the home, told police it was “just an argument,” according to a police report.

Officers talked with the woman’s daughter and did a welfare check on the rest of the occupants at the home then left the scene.

No arrests in reported bar fight

A patron of a local bar called police on April 27 saying he had been “sucker punched” by another bar patron, according to a Moab City Police report. The man, 36, told police the other man accused him of sleeping with his wife then punched him in the face.

Police could not locate the other man at the bar, but a different patron said the 36-year-old shoved him and threatened to beat him up and that was when someone else punched the man, according to the police report.

The officer reported that the 36-year-old man became “very angry” when police told him what they had learned from the other bar patron. The man said police were no help and he would “solve the problem himself,” according to the report. Officers arranged a ride home for the man and left the scene.

Trailers broken into at Swanny Park

Three trailers belonging to vendors at the April Action Car Show were broken into on April 27, according to a Moab City Police report. An officer who was patrolling the area spotted the door open on one vending trailer and investigated at about midnight. The officer found that the lock had been cut and kicked or thrown underneath the vending trailer next door. The lock was also cut on that trailer, according to the report, and a third trailer in the area had also been vandalized, according to police.

The owners of the vehicles were located and inventoried the trailers, but found nothing missing. New locks were installed by the owners and officers patrolled the area looking for suspicious activity.

Kids ‘dine and dash’ at local restaurant

Two teenagers from Blanding, Utah and another from Sandy, Utah received a police escort back into Moab on April 24 after they left a Moab restaurant without paying the full bill for their meals, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. The teens racked up a $49 dining bill but left only $41 on the table and left, a restaurant employee told police.

The employee wrote down the license number of the vehicle the kids were driving and a San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the car near Blue Hill, south of town. The deputy escorted the vehicle back to the restaurant, where a 17-year-old girl told police that her mother would call to pay the rest of the tab.

The mother paid the bill and no charges were filed, but the restaurant told the teens they were banned from the establishment. A police officer made the kids apologize to the restaurant employee, according to the report.

Two injured in 3-car pile-up

Two people from Moab received minor injuries April 26 when their Ford F150 was rear-ended in a three-car crash on North U.S. 191 near the Grand County Credit Union. The pickup truck had stopped to turn left off the highway and a Ford Explorer driven by a 19-year-old Idaho man stopped behind it. A Dodge Stratus rear-ended the Explorer, pushing it into the pickup truck, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.

The driver of the pickup truck, 26, said she was using her turn signal, but the driver of the Explorer said the F150 stopped abruptly and did not use a turn signal, according to the report. The driver of the Dodge said she tried to stop but the vehicle slid on the wet roadway. No citations were issued at the scene.

The F150 driver and her passenger were transported by ambulance to Moab Regional Hospital.

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