Summit County police blotter: Whiskey a no-go and roadside refusals
Ryan Summerlin September 30, 2013
Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Whiskey a no go
Last week Breckenridge Police Department officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Fairview Boulevard for a report of an intoxicated minor.
Upon their arrival at the scene, officers located a 16-year-old man passed out in a ditch on the east side of the road. Although he was breathing, the man was unconscious, police reports stated. Near the young man’s feet was an empty quart bottle of Jim Beam whiskey.
After calling for medical assistance, officers tried to rouse the man from his drunken slumber. Once awake, the young man asked officers to “take him to jail” and gestured with his hands to be placed in handcuffs, according to police reports.
When additional police officers and emergency medical services personnel arrived at the scene, the young man refused onsite medical treatment, but agreed to undergo a Breathalyzer test. The Breathalyzer resulted in a .242 blood alcohol content.
Before taking the man into custody, officers ran a background check on him based on identifying information they acquired from a fishing license in his pocket. Summit County Communications responded, stating the man had his driver’s license revoked due to a prior driving-under-the-influence conviction.
Officers transported the man to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center to be cleared for county jail. The man’s mother, a nurse at Summit Medical Center, was on duty and declined further medical treatment for her son.
The man was transported to Summit County Jail and issued a summons for consumption of ethyl alcohol by a minor and intoxicated pedestrian on the highway.
Breckenridge Police Department officers pulled over a man with Missouri license plates in the 100 block of Summit County Road 450 after the driver passed a squad car traveling 30 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.
The driver also was traveling east, but weaved in and out of the westbound lane.
Police officers initiated a roadside stop and requested the driver present a valid driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. After locating his license in his wallet, the driver fumbled around in the center console and glove compartment. After several minutes, the driver mumbled something under his breath and slumped back in his seat, seemingly forgetting what he was looking for, according to police reports.
Officers asked the driver to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, which the man refused without having his lawyer present. Officers then asked if he would consent to an alcohol breath or blood test, which the driver also refused.
Officer placed the man under arrest and booked him into Summit County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with excessive alcohol content, weaving, driving with defective license plate lamps and failure to present valid proof of insurance.
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