A Colorado husband and wife were injured Aug. 26 when the motorcycle they were riding went off the highway and crashed on state Route 128. The driver, a 56-year-old Grand Junction man, and his wife, 52, received head injuries and road rash. Both were transported to Moab Regional Hospital but the man was later taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for treatment, according to a report from the Utah Highway Patrol.
Investigators said the driver missed a turn and the motorcycle went off the road into gravel, causing it to slide out of control and tumble. According to the UHP, neither the wife nor the husband were wearing their helmets, which were locked in the motorcycle’s saddle bags.
Man seriously injured in assault
A 30-year-old Moab man received serious injuries to his nose and face after another man struck him with a board during an altercation at a home on 100 North.
Police were called to the home on Aug. 25 at 3:58 a.m. on a report of a fight. Officers found “a lot of people on the sidewalk arguing with each other” at the home, according to a police report. Witnesses at the scene told police that a man, 21, had been causing trouble earlier and had head-butted a 24-year-old man for no apparent reason. The 21-year-old was asked to leave but he returned later with some friends. Witnesses said the man tore some boards off the fence at the home and struck the 30-year-old man in the face, breaking his nose. The younger man then rushed inside the fence and attacked a 23-year-old man, tearing off the man’s necklace and biting his shoulder, saying he “wanted blood,” according to the police report.
A physician who treated the 30-year-old told police that the man’s injuries would require “significant plastic surgery” and that he may have suffered some brain damage, according to the report.
The 21-year-old was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespass, two counts of simple assault, disorderly conduct and intoxication, according to the report.
Police investigate possible break-in
A landlord called police to a home on 200 South at 6:53 a.m. on Aug. 26 on a report of a possible break-in. Officers found a broken window in the front door of the home and a hammer on the porch, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.
Officers entered the home and found a man sleeping on the bed. He told police that he lived there, according to the report. The man said he had been in the hospital all night and could not find his key when he returned home so he broke the window to get inside. The man promised to replace the broken window, according to the report.
Gun found in luggage
A local motel desk clerk contacted police on Aug. 22 to report that a duffel bag containing clothing, personal items and a Glock .40 handgun had been left behind by a guest. The police officer who investigated discovered that the pistol was fully loaded, including a bullet in the chamber and a full magazine of ammunition, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.
Police contacted the owner, who said he was then in Page, Ariz. He asked police to mail the bag and the weapon back to him, but officers explained that firearms can only legally be shipped from one licensed gun dealer to another.
The man drove back to Moab that night and retrieved his belongings, including the pistol, from the police station, according to the police report.
Teen hit by truck
A 15-year-old Moab teen was struck by a pickup truck on Aug. 22 as she was riding her bicycle across the driveway of a Main Street motel. She told police that truck stopped for a second then drove away, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.
The girl was taken to Moab Regional Hospital to be checked for possible injuries. Police were unable to locate the vehicle, according to the report.