Summit County police blotter: Ongoing investigation ends in meth bust
Ryan Summerlin June 1, 2014
While investigating a 23-year-old Park County man suspected of driving while under restraint, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies also found themselves in the midst of a methamphetamine bust.
Deputies first came in contact with the man on Wednesday, May 14, during which time law enforcement officers learned the Park County man’s driver’s license was revoked for a prior driving under the influence conviction. Deputies thought the man was somehow connected to a local 1993 Ford Tempo.
Five days later, deputies witnessed the man driving the Ford Tempo to Wal-Mart in Frisco. Deputies followed the man to the parking lot and asked to speak with him.
While stopped in the parking lot, the man exhibited signs of being under the influence of methamphetamine, including involuntary rubbing of the fingers, body twitches and constricted pupils, according to police records. When asked if he was under the influence, the man denied partaking in any methamphetamine and said that his behavior was due to drinking alcohol the night before, records stated.
Being as the man was just observed behind the wheel of a car, deputies asked him to conduct roadside maneuvers, but stopped them after one test because the man did not show any signs of alcohol intoxication, according to reports.
After confirming through Summit County dispatch that the man’s license was suspended, deputies placed the man into custody. Because the car did not belong to the man, deputies conducted an inventory of its contents before having it towed.
Among the items deputies confiscated from the Tempo were a small cardboard box containing plastic baggies with designs on them, a silver box containing parts to a tattoo gun and a digital scale with the words, “Weed for sale” written on it, a wallet belonging to the third party with several green plastic baggies inside containing a white substance consistent with methamphetamine and several various pieces of drug paraphernalia, according to reports. Because deputies could not confirm whom the items belonged to, all were booked into evidence for proper disposal, records stated.
Records did not state whether or not deputies tested the white substance to confirm it was methamphetamine.
The Park County man was then transported to Summit County jail on suspicion of driving under restraint. Deputies also called Park County probation officials and learned a warrant for the man was issued the same day. He was subsequently booked on the additional charge of suspicion of being a fugitive from justice.
Intoxicated guest ejected from A-Basin event
Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an event Sunday, May 25, at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area when employees asked for assistance ejecting a guest due to his intoxication.
The man told deputies he consumed three beers and a Mai Tai, according to reports.
However, a background check revealed the man had an active warrant issued in 2012 for failing to appear on a third-degree assault charge. There also was an active restraining order in effect that stated the man was prohibited from drinking alcohol, reports stated.
The man was placed into custody and patted down before being placed in the squad car. Deputies found a flask in the man’s coat pocket, according to reports.
While at Summit County jail, the man agreed to provide a breath sample, which recorded a blood-alcohol content of .204, reports stated. The man was booked on suspicion of contempt of court and violation of a protection order.
Law enforcement unable to locate weapon in Silverthorne BB gun shooting
Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies could not locate the weapon a Silverthorne man claimed was used to shoot him in the back of the leg while he was taking out the trash.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Treehouse Clubhouse, in the 8000 block of Ryan Gulch Road. The man reported he was at Treehouse for a graduation party.
The man told deputies he was taking a bag of trash to the dumpster when an object struck him in the thigh. Given the size of the object and the sound he heard just before being struck, the man said he believed he was shot with a BB gun.
The man also told law enforcement officers he turned in the direction of where he thought the shot came from and observed a person walk away from the second-story window of a neighboring apartment unit. After the person was out of sight, the light in the room was turned off, the man said.
Deputies went to interview the alleged suspect, who admitted to owning a BB gun, but told law enforcement officers it was broken. Photos of the broken gun were taken at the scene and the suspect was issued a summons for third-degree assault.
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