A 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a friend at a drunken party in Park City early Friday morning.
Summit County Sheriff's Sgt. Ronald Bridge said Patrick Ryan Flaherty, of Salt Lake City, was arrested about 4 a.m. after deputies were dispatched to investigate a reported fight at a home in the Pinebrook subdivision.
"Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male who had a life-threatening stab wound to the abdomen and had a deep cut on his leg. Medical arrived and transported the male to [the] hospital for emergency surgery," Bridge said.
Investigation indicated that the Flaherty and the victim were co-workers and both had been intoxicated while attending a party. At some point, words were exchanged and a fight ensued, allegedly ending with the suspect grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing the victim, who was not identified, and then fleeing on foot.
"While searching for the suspect, deputies contacted him by telephone, but the suspect refused to surrender himself to law enforcement. A thorough search of the Pinebrook area revealed the suspect returned to his place of employment in Lower Pinebrook, where deputies took him into custody without further incident," Bridge said.
Flaherty was booked into Summit County jail on suspicion of first-degree felony attempted murder, possession of cocaine and criminal mischief.
Bail was not immediately set.
The victim initially was reported to be in critical condition.