Domestic-violence and assault charges filed against Olympic gold-medal skier Picabo Street have been dismissed by a Utah judge.
Street, who won gold in the super-G in 1998, was accused of throwing her 76-year-old father down two flights of stairs and locking him in the basement as the two quarreled Dec. 23 at her home near Park City. Street, a 44-year-old mother of three, contended that she was acting in self-defense. Rather than pressing forward with misdemeanor charges, prosecutors last week moved to dismiss them, preferring that the matter instead be reviewed by a state office that looks into abuse of the elderly.
“When I called the police for help with my Dad last December, I expected the police to be my knights in shining armor,” Street said in a statement last week. “Instead, they came into my house, arrested me, and put me in handcuffs when I did nothing wrong. The next thing I knew, an embarrassing photograph of me that had been taken at the local jail was circulating on the Internet. That’s no way to treat a nice girl!”
Roland street told police in December that his daughter became angry when he hit her home with his car as he was trying to drive away. When the two went into the house, he alleged that she grabbed his shoulder and neck, then pushed him down the stairs. Street admitted to pushing him and locking him in the basement before calling the police. According to the 911 call, Street said, “he got his hands on me and I put him down the stairs.” A woman identified as her mother can be heard disputing that in the background.
“I saw what you did to him,” the woman said.
“Oh my God, are you kidding me? He scratched me on my face,” Street replied.