Summit County police blotter: Road rage on Hoosier Pass ends in slashed tire | SummitDaily.com

Summit County police blotter: Road rage on Hoosier Pass ends in slashed tire

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

A Summit County couple reported that one of their tires was slashed after a road rage incident on Hoosier Pass.

ROAD RAGE

A man reported a case of criminal mischief to Breckenridge Police around noon on Oct. 13, after one of his tires was punctured while he and his wife went out to lunch. The couple had been driving over Hoosier Pass toward the town, when the man said a blue Toyota Camry was driving recklessly behind them at a high speed.

The man said when the Camry tried to pass, he flipped off the driver, who appeared to be in his twenties, and told him to slow down. He said the driver of the Camry became angry and began yelling back at them, "Why did you flip me off?"

The man said the Camry followed them through Blue River into Breckenridge, and then into the Tonopah Lot where they parked to go eat. The driver sped through the lot recklessly, and the man gestured at the driver before he saw him drive southbound onto Ridge Street.

The couple went into the restaurant at La Cima, but the husband had a bad feeling and returned to the parking lot to check on his car. He heard a hissing sound as he approached his vehicle and noticed his driver's side front tired had been punctured. The couple had just bought the tires.

The man thought the driver of the blue Camry may have returned and slashed his tire with a knife.

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LOUD AND UNCLEAR

Breckenridge Police were dispatched to Blue River Plaza, with reports of a "belligerently drunk" man yelling and making a scene in the area. The man, who appeared to be in his thirties, had shouted "666, Satan is good, White Power," according to dispatch.

When police arrived on scene, they saw the man asking strangers for high fives. One citizen approached an officer and told him that the man had a knife in his right hand.

The officer then confronted the man, who did not have a knife in his hand and wore black makeup under both eyes.

When the officer asked for his name, he said, "You know my (expletive) name" and began to shout obscenities at people walking by. He also called the officer and sergeant pigs and snorted.

As the officer handcuffed the man and moved him to the patrol vehicle, the man hit his head on the window and shouted "police brutality." The officer had to restrain the man from trying to hit his head again. When the man was transferred to the Summit County Jail, police confiscated a pocket knife.

DRUNK AND BUSTED

A Silverthorne police officer and detective responded to a situation at Silverthorne transfer station. They found an unconscious man at the back of the bus, covered in blood. At first, the man was unresponsive but then he came to, appearing very intoxicated.

Once he saw the officers, he immediately took an aggressive stance and pounded his chest with a clenched fist. The officers moved him off the bus, as he was incapable of walking on his own at the time, and took him to detox.

SLOW GOING

A Silverthorne police officer pulled over a vehicle for driving 15 mph in a 35 mph zone, disregarding traffic control signs and cutting off several cars, almost causing an accident. The officer determined that the driver's actions were not caused by alcohol or drugs but by a medical condition.

Several other officers had encountered the same man throughout the day. Silverthorne Police worked with the man's family, attorney and doctor to get him help. All charges were dropped, as the man did not have the culpability to commit the crimes.

STOLEN SUPPLIES

A girl called Breckenridge Police on Oct. 12, reporting that her vehicle had been broken into and backpack had been stolen while she was eating dinner with a friend. She said her backpack contained her laptop, textbooks, calculator and other school supplies.

The girl said that when she returned to her car in the Tonopah Lot, she noticed the front driver's side door was being held open by the seat belt. She noticed her passenger glove compartment was open and saw her backpack was missing from the backseat.

The officer did not note any signs of forced entry, and the girl said she had left her car unlocked while she went to dinner.

COMPLIMENTARY SOAP

Breckenridge Police responded to reports of a man found asleep in a hotel lobby. Breckenridge Ski Resort security officers said the man was sleeping in the second floor lobby, where his belongings — including a backpack, guitar, bicycle and lotions and unopened soap — were scattered around.

The man had told security that he was staying with someone in the hotel, but, after checking with the front desk, no one matched the individual the man described. He said after a night out at the Liquid Lounge, he came to the hotel and "smoked a few joints."

When the officer asked the man where he got the lotion and soap, he pointed to the floor above and said "some lady up there."

The man received a court summons for trespassing.

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