Uber helicopter pilots at Sundance will face tickets, Utah sheriff warns

PARK CITY, Utah -- A Utah sheriff says he plans to keep a cease-and-desist order in place for Uber helicopters at the Sundance Film Festival, despite a judge's ruling that would allow the choppers to keep landing through the weekend.

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Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said Friday that ruling doesn't stop him from ticketing Uber and Blade helicopter pilots because they don't have the proper permits. Deputies could even arrest pilots and impound the helicopters.

That comes after Judge Kara Pettit decided that prosecutors didn't have enough evidence Friday for a restraining order. She'll take up the case again Monday.

On Thursday, Uber began offering helicopter rides to ferry visitors some 40 miles from the Salt Lake City airport to the Robert Redford-founded festival in Park City. The company is charging $200 one-way during the day and $300 at night.



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