Breckenridge police officers report … very little lately
Breckenridge police officers report … very little lately. Records-watchers said it’s obvious it’s October. The largest number of calls officers respond to are dogs at large and fender benders in grocery store parking lots, they said. Things are sure to change, however, once ski season picks up.
All quiet on the Southern Front
A man arrested in Silverthorne for driving under the influence (DUI) after he backed over a fence outside a bar shows why it’s best to exercise the right to remain silent: He complained that, even though everyone else was out doing illegal drugs, officers were out to “screw him.” After he watched an officer move his car (at his request), he said, “You really gunned it, you f-ing dirt bag.”
“You listen to that rock and roll music,” he said. “I bet you snort cocaine. I bet you ride dirt bikes, you little b-.”
The man was cited for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and careless driving and was taken to jail.
Neighbors in Blue River Run Condos at the north end of Silverthorne called police on a couple occasions to complain about an illegal camper in the woods nearby. An officer left a warning on the tent Aug. 31. Another officer returned Sept. 18 and left another warning. The officer returned a week later and found the warning and contents of the tent untouched. Construction workers in the area said they hadn’t seen anyone around the tent since the beginning of the month.
Officers returned on Oct. 1 and packed up the tent and the camper’s belongings. Staff at the police department said it seemed strange that the man, identified from his belongings as 37-year-old Jeffrey Leroy Sween, would abandon his tent, sleeping bag and possessions – the items filled 17 large plastic bags.
Hit and run Samaritan
A man called police after taking his son to the medical center for treatment after a truck hit him. The son told the officer he was walking his bike across 6th Street in Silverthorne, with a green light on Blue River Parkway, when a pickup truck turning right onto the parkway from 6th Street failed to stop at the red light and hit him.
The boy suffered a fractured ankle, as well as cuts and bruises on both legs. The pickup truck circled back, picked the boy up and drove him home. The driver left, however, without providing any personal information. A cashier at a nearby convenience store who helped put the boy’s bike in the back of the truck was unable to describe the truck. Coincidentally, the Silverthorne officer who took the report was in the parking lot when the pickup driver dropped the boy off.
The officer remembered the general description of the truck but not any specific information. The security tape from the convenience store had been taped over, and the case was closed for lack of leads.
A sheriff’s deputy came across an SUV stopped in the middle of the road in Dillon about 3 a.m. The deputy approached the car – lights on, engine running and in gear – with the driver passed out at the wheel. The deputy banged on the half-open window, the driver shot up in his seat and stomped his foot to a pedal – the brake, fortunately.
The man said he didn’t have a driver’s license, but gave his name and said the auto belonged to his uncle. The deputy ran the man’s name through the Big Computer and learned he was a habitual traffic offender. The vehicle came back stolen. In the vehicle, the deputy found three mountain bikes, two cell phones and two wallets (none of which matched the face or name of the driver). The deputy also found a freshly used hypodermic needle.
“You can’t do anything to me,” the driver said. “I wasn’t driving.”
Back at the jail, the deputy did some more investigating. As it turned out, not only was the vehicle stolen, but the license plates were stolen off a different vehicle. Meanwhile, a woman called the jail asking for information to bond out her fiance – a man she described to a T as the thief in custody, but with a different name.
The driver was held and will appear in court in Georgetown, where several of the thefts occurred.
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