Most people associate crimes involving domestic violence with fights between intimate partners. However, domestic violence charges can involve any family members. That is the case with Picabo Street, the gold medal-winning former Olympic skier.
The 44-year-old Street was arrested following a fight with her 76-year-old father two days before Christmas. She was charged with one count of assault and three involving domestic violence with a child present. All charges are misdemeanors. Allegedly, she threw her father down two flights of stairs and then locked him in the basement.
The skier claims that her father started the fight. However, so far, he has not been charged with a crime. The case is still be investigated by authorities in Utah, where the incident occurred. Street was released on bail.
The recording of the 911 call that brought police to the home has now been made public. On the call, made by the skier, she says that her father began the fight. She said, "He got his hands on me and I put him down the stairs." She is also reportedly telling her mother, who is heard in the background, "He scratched me on my face."
The relationship between father and daughter appears to be a rocky one. She told the 911 dispatcher that her father "always calls me all kinds of names...tells me I'm a freak." The confrontation that led to the arrest involves the father reportedly hitting the skier's house with his car as he was leaving.
Street's attorney says that his client, who was a Fox Sports analyst for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, hopes that the matter can be amicably resolved. The prosecutor says that she's willing to consider a plea deal.
Unfortunately, family battles over relatively minor things can escalate quickly. Many people have years and even decades of emotional baggage with parents and other family members. The holidays also put family members in close proximity, which can lead to a boiling over of emotions.
If this leads to criminal charges, it's essential to seek sound legal guidance from a Maryland attorney who can present your case and work to help mitigate the consequences of what may have been a heat-of-the moment action.
Source: MagicValley.com, "911 Call Released in Picabo Street's Assault Case," Lindsay Whitehurst and Brady McCombs, Associated Press, Jan. 14, 2016