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March 2, 2014
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Summit County police blotter: Designated driver arrested for DUI

At 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Breckenridge to assist local police officers with a traffic stop, in which the driver was suspected of being under the influence.

According to the Breckenridge police officer’s report, the man was driving northbound on Colorado Highway 9 from Breckenridge and swerved several times in and out of the two lanes of traffic. When the officer activated his overhead lights, the man pulled onto the shoulder and continued driving. It took the driver 300 feet to stop, according to records.

Once on scene, deputies asked the driver if he had been drinking. The man replied he had, but he would not say how many and where he was coming from, according to reports. The man told law enforcement officers that he was the designated driver and was just trying to get home.

Officers asked the man if he would perform voluntary roadside maneuvers. The man replied, “Yeah, let’s do this,” according to records.

The man staggered to the rear of his SUV after exiting the driver’s seat, according to reports. He did not perform roadside maneuvers to the officers’ satisfaction.

The man was placed into custody and transported to Summit County jail where he agreed to a breath test. The man’s blood-alcohol content was .174, according to records.

The man was booked into Summit County jail on suspicion of weaving, failing to use a turn signal, improper license plate attachment, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with excessive alcohol content.

Summit County man strikes vehicle with boss’s truck

At 3:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies were parked at the intersection of East Keystone and Gondola roads in Keystone when a man in a silver Dodge Ram pulled up and said he had just been hit by a drunk driver in a pickup with a red snowplow.

Deputies went searching for the vehicle and located a black Chevrolet Sierra with a red plow on U.S. Highway 6 approaching Cemetery Road. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and questioned a man behind the wheel.

The man said he was traveling from the Montezuma parking lot to work at Old Chicago after a day of snowboarding. Deputies noticed the odor of alcohol on the man’s breath as he spoke, according to records. The man said the truck belonged to his boss.

Deputies asked the man if he had been drinking. The man replied, “Two shots and a couple of drinks, but I don’t think I am drunk.” Deputies then asked the man to perform roadside maneuvers. He did not perform the roadside test to the deputies’ satisfaction.

Once in custody, the man elected to undergo a chemical test of his blood. He was transported to Summit Medical Center where the phlebotomist was only able to draw one tube of blood because the man was moving his arm, according to records. Before having his blood drawn, the man told deputies he was afraid of needles.

The man was then transported to Summit County jail where we was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Drunk driver strikes Keystone shuttle bus

At 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Gateway Condominiums in Keystone for a report of a vehicle crash involving a pickup truck and a Keystone Resort bus.

According to police records, a man was driving a Toyota Tundra southbound through the parking lot when, after driving through some snow, the rear end “kicked out” and struck the bus, which was traveling northbound.

Colorado State Patrol troopers were the first to respond to the scene. While en route, deputies were informed by troopers over the radio that the driver might be under the influence.

On scene, deputies interviewed both drivers. The driver of the Tundra had the presence of alcohol on his breath, according to records. The man said the last drink he had that day was around 9 a.m.

The driver was asked to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers and was subsequently placed into custody for not performing to the deputies’ satisfaction. At Summit County Jail the man submitted to a chemical breath test, which returned a blood-alcohol content of .111.

The man was booked into Summit County jail on suspicion of careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a vehicle with excessive alcohol content.

Deputies asked the man if he had been drinking. The man replied, “Two shots and a couple of drinks, but I don’t think I am drunk.” Deputies then asked the man to perform roadside maneuvers. He did not perform the roadside test to the deputies’ satisfaction.


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