Police blotter: Trailer park trouble
Ryan Summerlin July 28, 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.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office
Trailer park trouble
One man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after an argument over drugs in a trailer park in the Breckenridge area turned violent July 16.
Witnesses said the man who was arrested pulled up near one of the homes in the neighborhood and asked the man living there about purchasing drugs. When he was rejected, he allegedly got out of the car and became involved in a physical fight with the homeowner and a friend who was also standing in the yard, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. At least two of the three men sustained injuries in the scuffle.
The man looking to buy drugs eventually left, but reportedly returned a short time later with two friends. At that point, another resident came out of his house and one of the friends began advancing toward him carrying a tire iron, the report states.
The neighbor called out saying he had called the police and telling everyone to leave the area, but the individual with the tire iron continued to approach him, according to the report. The resident told authorities he then gave a cellphone to his son with instructions to call the police, and warned the advancing stranger with a hand signal representing a gun. When the individual with the tire iron continued to advance, the resident pulled out his handgun from a backpack and pointed it at the ground, according to the report.
The individual with the tire iron then backed down and put the tool in a vehicle, the report states.
But the original aggressor, the man who had attempted to buy the drugs, then allegedly began advancing on the neighbor saying, “That’s how we’re going to play,” witnesses allegedly told authorities with the Sheriff’s Office.
Police arrived on scene around the same time.
None of the individuals involved wanted to press charges, but the neighbor did want the other parties removed from the property.
Authorities asked the man who allegedly initiated the confrontation how he’d gotten there as he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the report. He reportedly told deputies he drove and had not had anything to drink since he arrived at the scene, the report states.
He was arrested on DUI charges but refused to perform the roadside sobriety tests or to take a blood alcohol content test at the Summit County Jail, according to the report.
Silverthorne Police Department
Hostile house guest
A man was arrested for second-degree assault July 10 after he allegedly beat his sister’s husband at their home causing him serious injuries, according to a report released by the Silverthorne Police Department.
The victim was reportedly cooking dinner for his wife and her brother, who was living with them, when the brother began accusing him of taking his mp3 player, the report states. The husband said he did no take the device and got into a heated argument with the brother. He told authorities at one point the brother allegedly struck him across the face with an open hand, and then began punching him after the husband ordered him out of the house.
The brother then allegedly kicked the husband in the head causing him to fall to the ground where the brother continued to attack him, according to the report. Eventually the wife was able to stop the reported assault.
The victim suffered numerous cuts and bruises to his face and doctors said he will suffer permanent disfigurement, the report states.
The suspect was located later the same night walking around and was arrested without incident.
— Daily News staff reports