NICOLE FORMOSA

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June 12, 2005
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Don't drink and drive - a golf cart

KEYSTONE - A sheriff's deputy was called to the River Golf Course in Keystone for a motor vehicle accident involving injuries.When the deputy arrived, he was directed to a man who had flipped over a golf cart while driving around a corner near the course's 16th hole.The deputy smelled alcohol on the man's breath and asked if he'd had anything to drink.The golfer said he'd had a few drinks before the crash and one whiskey and Coke after the incident.He failed the How Drunk Are You Really? test and was taken to the Summit County Jail, where he blew a .077. He was charged with careless driving and DWAI (Driving While Alcohol Impaired).The man injured his shoulder, ankle, back and both knees in the crash.The golf cart didn't fare much better - it had damage to the roof and to one of the quarter panels.An employee at the golf course estimated it would cost about $1,500 to fix.Family FeudSUMMIT COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies who were dispatched to a home in unincorporated Summit County near Frisco spoke with a man who had posted a speed limit sign at the end of his driveway to slow people down. The man told the deputies he had been given the "5 MPH" sign when he worked for the county's road and bridge department. He said his cousin tore the sign down on two different occasions. The second time, the post was removed and thrown down the hill. The man told deputies he wanted his cousin charged with theft if he admitted to taking the sign.Deputies then spoke with the man's cousin and asked if he knew what happened to the sign. He responded, "Yes, I destroyed it. He has no right to put up a speed limit sign. This is a county road." He also said that his cousin had begun parking a truck in a position that partially blocked the road to his driveway.Deputies had the man move his truck to allow enough room for a fire truck to pass through. They also reported that they would follow up with county road and bridge to see if the man legally possessed the sign, its value and if it's legal to post a speed limit sign on private property.Police officers often run across some interesting situations and people while responding to calls. A couple of examples:- A Summit Cove resident called the sheriff's office to report a theft. The woman told the deputy that she had left her home for several hours to go to Denver and when she returned, she noticed some items had been taken out of her house.She had recently kicked out her roommate and suspected he was the culprit.The woman told the deputy she was missing a DVD/VCR combo player, 300 DVD movies and a custom-built computer that she used for her "adult entertainment" web page.- Deputies responded to a report of criminal mischief in Breckenridge. Upon arrival, the man who had called the police stated he had parked his truck at 6 p.m. and that it had been "egged" at about 10 the next morning.The deputies took some pictures of the man's truck, which had a little egg on the grill. They also noticed a tomato about three feet from the driver's side of the truck. There was no vehicle damage and the case was closed.DUI highlights- A sheriff's deputy pulled over a man for driving 63 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone in Keystone. The deputy noticed a large number of empty beer cans and bottles in the bed of the pickup, as well as a 24-pack of Budweiser. When asked about all the beer, the driver said he was an employee at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and had been cleaning up the area before he left work. Furthermore, he said he hadn't had anything to drink since 9 in the morning (the man was pulled over at 8:35 p.m.), but had "a lot" of alcohol the previous night. The man did not pass the How Drunk Are You Really? test and was taken to jail.- A man was stopped on Highway 9 at a sobriety checkpoint that was set up for Memorial Day weekend. The sheriff's deputy could smell alcohol on the man's breath and asked if the driver had had anything to drink. He said, yes, he had a few drinks and was instructed to step out of the car to take the How Drunk Are You Really? test. As he stumbled out of the vehicle, he told the deputy he thought it was wonderful that the checkpoint was going on, but that he was not drunk. He failed the test and was arrested for DUI. The deputy then ran the man's name through the Big Computer and found his license was revoked from a previous alcohol offense.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext.229, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com


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The Summit Daily Updated Jun 12, 2005 08:54PM Published Jun 12, 2005 12:00AM Copyright 2005 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.