Olympic Skier Picabo Street Arrested for Assaulting Father: Cops
Police arrested an Olympian they say pushed her elderly father down the stairs in a Utah home in December.
Olympic gold-medalist skier Picabo Street was charged with assault and domestic violence after she reportedly locked her 76-year-old dad in a basement after she knocked him down a flight of stairs, she allegedly told police.
Picabo Street, 44, had allegedly gotten into an argument on December 23 with her father, Roland Street, after he bumped his car into the house while trying to leave, the Associated Press reported.
The argument reportedly became physical when the pair went back inside the home.
She accused her father of pulling her hair during the fight, which she told police occurred in front of her three children.
Roland Street said his daughter grabbed him near his shoulder and neck and pushed him down two flights of stairs, which may have caused him to hit his head, according to reports.
The man suffered cuts to his elbow and neck, police said.
Picabo Street, 44, was arrested and out on bail. She was charged by prosecutors about two weeks later with three counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child. She was also hit with one count of misdemeanor assault, reports said.
Her attorney, Jason Richards, said was hopeful an amicable resolution could be reached. Through her lawyer, Picabo Street also denied any wrongdoing and considered the incident a private family matter, AP wrote.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges and is expected back in court on February 16, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Summit County prosecutor Ivy Telles said she is prepared to discuss a possible plea deal, but that the two sides have not begun negotiations, the paper wrote.
Picabo Street scored victories in nine downhill events in World Cup races during her career.
She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in the women’s super-G event. She was the first American woman to win the World Cup downhill season title in 1995, and in 1994 she won a silver medal in the downhill.
She most recently worked as an analyst for Fox Sports during the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi, Russia.
The Olympian lives in Park City, where she raises her three children, her attorney told press, saying that his client also does charity work.