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Man accused of threatening Uber driver with knife

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SUMMIT COUNTY (ABC4 News) – A Utah man was arrested on several charges including aggravated assault after deputies said he threatened an Uber driver with a knife.

The Uber driver told deputies it all began when he picked up a group on Main Street in Park City bound for a residence in the Silver Creek neighborhood.

According to a probable cause statement, Paul Beckmann Swedenborg got into the car and asked if the driver would give him a ride to Kimball Junction after dropping off the other passengers. At first, the driver agreed, but he changed his mind when he said he saw Swedenborg and the other passengers allegedly “snorting drugs.”

When the vehicle arrived at the Silver Creek residence, the driver told Swedenborg to get out of the car and find a different way home. Swedenborg got out of the car but “became confrontational and argumentative.”

Documents state the driver, who said he feared for safety, locked his doors as soon as Swedenborg got out. Then Swedenborg allegedly tried all the doors to get into the vehicle before pulling out a knife and demanding a ride for free.

Deputies said during a search of Swedenborg’s person, they found a knife that matched the description of the one the driver gave.

Swedenborg was booked into Summit County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, intoxication, and disorderly conduct.

Deputies reported when they arrived, the found Swedenborg laying in a snowbank and he reportedly “smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage.”

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