Boozin’ and cruisin’, Green Mountain style
A sheriff’s deputy is sitting in a parking lot at a Green Mountain Reservoir campground. It’s 4 p.m. As he sits, he watches a pickup truck begin driving out of another nearby campground, uphill through sagebrush in an apparent attempt to reach the campground above that – not bothering with the road.The pickup gets stuck, the brush catching up in the running boards. The driver backs his way down. And then he attempts the hill climb again. A dozen more times.The deputy stops the driver and asks him where he’s camping. “I’m waiting for Larry and trying to get up to that road,” the driver says.The deputy notices beer bottle caps on the floor and asks the driver if he’s been drinking. “Well, I had four beers earlier today and three this afternoon,” the driver says.The driver failed the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests, blew a .147 and went to jail.Eight hours later. A different sheriff’s deputy is sitting in the same campground as the earlier deputy. A car pulls up alongside the patrol car; the deputy immediately gets out and the driver of the other car rolls down the passenger side window.The driver tells the deputy it was his bachelor’s party and he was trying to find a large group of his friends who were camping somewhere around the reservoir (apparently holding his bachelor’s party without him). In the telling the deputy this, the man exudes the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage.”Two drinks,” the man says when asked by the deputy if he’d been drinking alcohol. He didn’t mention the marijuana the deputy found after taking him out of the car. While taking the driver to the hospital for a blood draw, the Big Computer informed him the driver’s license was canceled for previous violations.Road (closure) rageJust after noon, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an address in Copper Mountain for a disturbance. When the deputy arrived, the reporting man told him he had complained to a work crew at a road closure, and one of the workers punched him.The man explained that he was stopped in his car at the closure for what seemed an inordinate amount of time. He said he approached the flagger to ask why both lanes of the road were closed. The man didn’t like the answer and said he asked for the supervisor. The man said the flagger expressed a disinterest in this, rather crudely; the man continued to ask. Then, he said, the backhoe operator took a swing at him — with the bucket. He said the backhoe operator then punched him in the eye.The deputy interviewed the flagger and the backhoe driver. The latter told the deputy he saw the man following the flagger around, nagging him. He admitted he had turned the backhoe in the man’s direction, but it wasn’t close, he said. He said the man jumped on the backhoe and said crude things to him.He did grab him by the collar, he said, and told him to get lost. What accident?Two passing motorists stop after finding a minivan crashed into a light pole at the westbound I-70 onramp in Silverthorne. Responding to the crash, a Silverthorne police officer arrives to find a sheriff’s deputy is also there and reports taking the keys from the driver, who was attempting to start the vehicle. Another Silverthorne officer on the scene also smelled alcohol in the vehicle.One of the officers asked the driver what he was doing. “Trying to go home,” the driver said, attempting to start the car (without the keys in the ignition). He also said he’d had three beers. That was enough to blow a .187, which was enough take him to jail for DUI and careless driving.
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