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Brawl breaks out at unlikely place

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily newsSummit County CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY Here’s one you don’t hear very often. Police cited two men for disorderly conduct and assault after a fight broke out at a Medicare meeting at the Summit County Senior Center. The brawl didn’t actually involve any of the senior citizens at the meeting, but rather the presenter and his former employer who showed up at the gathering.According to a police report, after the meeting, the former employer started taking brochures and the presenter told him he couldn’t take anything and asked him to leave. A fight ensued kicking, scratching, biting, rolling on the ground the whole 9 yards. The cops were called and the two started talking. As it turns out, the presenter had been employed by the other man at an insurance agency until about two weeks before when he left to start his own business. At the Medicare meeting, the former employer showed up and repeatedly interrupted the session with questions and comments. Afterward, he approached the table to get some materials and the water boiled over in front of Senior Center employees and some meetings attendees who were still present.Medicare has always been a sensitive subject, but this is taking things to a new level.Littering not allowedPolice went to Copper Mountain to serve a lift operator with an arrest warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of possession of marijuana. When searching him, the deputy found a small glass pipe with marijuana residue on it (What do ya know?). On the way to the jail, the guy asked the deputy if he could throw the pipe out of the car window. He was charged with possession and the pipe went into evidence.Touchy caseBreckenridge Police were called on a report of a man sitting in his car on Main Street playing with himself. The responding officer approached the driver’s side door and, sure enough, he could see a man with his zipper down and his business out. He was holding a tissue in the unoccupied hand. The man was looking outside the passenger window and didn’t notice the officer. The officer knocked on the window and the man promptly zipped up his pants. He told the officer that he had parked to use the restroom and returned to his car with his shirt untucked. He said he unfastened his pants to tuck in his shirt and noticed an attractive female walking by and became aroused. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. He was cited for indecent exposure.DUI debaclesThis time of year with the holidays and the population influx in the county, police officers are extra busy running from call to call. All types of calls are on the rise, including DUIs. Here are a few:• Passing out in your parked car after you’ve been drinking doesn’t mean you won’t get a DUI. Two people learned that lesson the hard way recently. Police found the first guy passed out in his truck, which was stuck in a ditch near Wildernest, at 2:15 in the afternoon. The man told the deputy he’d been driving 8 miles per hour when he became stuck. The driver smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet with he got out of his truck. He refused a sobriety test and blew a .25. He spent the rest of the afternoon in jail. The next guy also passed out in his vehicle, which was stuck in a snowbank in Blue River at 2:30 in the morning. The keys were in the ignition and the car was running when police found the car. The man said he had two beers and refused a sobriety test. He was arrested for DUI based on his demeanor, speech and behavior. • An officer pulled over a woman for running a yellow-turned-red light in Dillon. He smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath and noticed that she struggled to get him her registration and insurance information. She admitted to drinking two beers while waiting for her meal at a restaurant and agreed to a sobriety test. She told the officer that she and her husband, both successful doctors in Denver, had owned a condo in town for many years and had been there 1,000 times.”I’m a physician. I mean, you know, please. But hey, whatever.”She failed the sobriety test, then started crying hysterically. At the jail, she blew a .09, but told deputies that her arrest was ridiculous and that she was completely sober.• Police were called to a single vehicle accident on Highway 9 at about 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and found the driver, who said she lost control of her car driving around a curve and rolled when she overcorrected the slide. She said she’d called a friend to come pick her up. Police noticed that the woman had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. She failed a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI. Then police went to talk to the friend that came to pick up the woman and noticed that he too showed signs of intoxication. He also failed a sobriety test and went to jail.• Some sure signs of driving while intoxicated: turning into a gas station without signaling, then driving between the two gas pumps on the fueling island, tripping over the fuel hose, leaving without putting your gas cap on or closing the fuel door, then turning the opposite direction than your signal is indicating. This driver blew a .174 when pulled over and spent the day in jail.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at

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