Party in honor of ‘dearly-departed’ leads to brawl at West Valley City bar

Multiple police units responded when a "celebration of life" turned into an all-out brawl, seriously injuring at least one person at a West Valley City pub late Friday night, Dec. 7, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Dec. 8, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An attempted “celebration of life” turned into an “all-out bar brawl” in West Valley City Friday night.

Sgt. Robert Brinton, West Valley City Police Department, said a group of about 20 people were at the Bout Time Pub & Grub, at 3318 Decker Lake Drive when tempers grew short and fists began flying.

“There was a lot of drinking involved,” Brinton told Gephardt Daily.

“A female was hit over the head with a chair and was knocked unconscious,” he said.

More people jumped into the fray and the fight spilled into the parking lot.

Multiple police units were called to the melee about 11:49 p.m. When cops arrived, with lights flashing and siren blaring, most of the crowd high-tailed it, the combatants fleeing into the West Valley night.

Brinton said the woman who was hit with the chair was transported to Intermountain Medical Center with a “severe laceration to her head.”

No arrests have been made, but police are still checking surveillance cameras.

It isn’t clear yet what sparked the initial fight.

Brinton said four or five of the people in the group stayed on scene where they were treated for minor injuries.

“Everyone’s being cooperative, but they’re heavily intoxicated, so no one’s making a lot of sense right now,” he said.




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