‘Chappelle’s Show’ imitation leads to arrest at Copper Mountain
COPPER MOUNTAIN – A sheriff’s deputy was called to Copper Mountain on a report of two drunk males yelling racial slurs at resort employees.The caller said the men were shouting inappropriate names and saying things such as “Why are you only carrying one chair? You should be carrying five!” while sitting at a local restaurant.When the deputy arrived, he found a “highly intoxicated” man sitting at the restaurant’s bar. The managers said they didn’t hear the man mutter any racial epithets, but that he was yelling at the bar and that they had stopped serving him alcohol some time ago. The man told the deputy he and a friend had been sitting on the patio and were yelling at passers-by, but denied any racial motivation. He said he and his buddy were reciting lines from a “Chappelle’s Show” skit that could have been mistaken for racial remarks. In the particular skit, actor Dave Chappelle portrays a racist character, “but he’s black,” the man explained.The disorderly bar patron voluntarily took a breath test, which came back at a .22. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and violation of bond conditions from a previous court case that restricted him from consuming alcohol during any event that leads to his arrest.’Is this a bad place to park?’A sheriff’s deputy was on patrol when he observed a driver turn onto Summit County Road 450 from Highway 9, travel over the curb and stop.Could’ve been a simple mistake, right?The driver stayed on the curb for about one minute, then continued down SCR 450 before stopping in the lane of traffic for 45 seconds, then pulled a U-turn and headed west back toward the highway.The seemingly bewildered driver then turned back onto the highway, then onto French Street and finally to Ridge Street, where the driver stopped the car again in the middle of the roadway. The woman exited the vehicle and appeared to be intoxicated. The deputy turned on his emergency lights and told the woman to get back into her car. She got back inside, then retreated again and asked if “this is a bad place to park.” Predictably, the woman failed a sobriety test and admitted to smoking a bowl of marijuana a couple hours earlier and drinking one beer about three hours before that.She was arrested and taken to the jail, where a sheriff’s sergeant found a small foil package inside the right coin pocket of the woman’s jeans. She said the package was garbage and that she didn’t have any drugs or weapons on her. The woman then changed her mind and said the foil contained crystals off a marijuana bud. She was booked on charges of DUI, drugs or both, careless driving and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.Another curb collider lands in jailThe following day, another deputy noticed a car turn left from Highway 9 onto Valley Brook, weave into oncoming traffic, then veer back into the correct lane. The deputy then saw the driver turn onto Airport Road and smack the passenger side wheels against the curb. When the driver stopped, three quarters of the car was up on the sidewalk. The deputy approached the male driver and could smell alcohol on his breath. He asked the man to step out of the car. The driver opened the car door, allowing it to grind against the pavement, leaving a white line on the door. After looking at it, he remarked, “I guess that’s going to need a little paint.” The driver failed a sobriety test and was booked into jail.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at email@example.com.
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