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Courtesy keeps people out of court

Up Against the Wall appears biweekly. All accounts are rewritten from Summit County law enforcement agency logs. Names are withheld for privacy; individuals are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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– Trailhead break-ins of cars are on the rise. Don’t tempt burglars by leaving wallets, cell phones and other items in plain view. Thieves might be watching you as you park, so putting valuables in your glove box after you’ve arrived won’t fool them, either.


Dispatchers sent a Silverthorne police officer to the Burger King parking lot on a report of reckless driving. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the reporting party, a man who said he was driving east on Stephens Way and accidentally blocked the entrance to the Burger King parking lot when the light at U.S. Highway 6 turned red. Another driver trying to get into the lot did not appreciate this.

According to the reporting party, the second man, in a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer, began yelling profanities and telling the first driver to get out of the way. The pickup truck driver tried to make the turn anyway, causing the teenage girl with the reporting party to exclaim, “Move forward, he’s fixin’ to hit us,” the police report said.

Once the truck and trailer passed by, the man (and his daughter and his wife) pulled up alongside them so the man’s wife could tell the pickup driver to “Have a nice day.” This prompted the pickup driver to give the family the finger and curse some more.

The officer talked with the pickup driver, who said he had told the other man to move his car, had cursed at him because he was such “a dork” and because he was “so dumb that he needed to be cursed at to wake him up,” the police report said. The officer explained to the pickup driver, who was traveling with his 5-year-old daughter, that yelling profanities in her presence probably wasn’t a good idea. The pickup driver told the officer he would raise his daughter however he saw fit.

The officer issued the pickup driver a summons for harassment, to which the man responded, “I guess I acted very uncourteous to a very uncourteous person.”

The word is “discourteous,” by the way.


All points bulletin for the hoser

Officers around the county last week were on the lookout for a possible vandal and definitely forgetful person. The dispatchers report advised officers to be on the lookout for a red Subaru roaming the county with a gas pump handle and hose still sticking out of the tank. No word on whether the officers caught up with the suspect.


Faith-based justice

A sheriff’s deputy stopped a driver in Dillon Valley after observing the car pass a stop sign and stop in the intersection. The deputy asked the man, who gave two different responses for where he lived, to perform the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests.

“I don’t believe in them,” the man said, according to the deputy’s report.

He also refused a chemical test for intoxication and, believe it or not, he went to jail.


Don’t take candy from strangers, don’t take beer from hobos

Summit High School staff alerted Sheriff’s Office deputies after a student who appeared to be intoxicated vomited in class. School officials later told the deputies that the student had admitted to drinking between one and three 32-ounce bottles of beer before school. They said the student vomited twice and smelled of alcohol. The school staff also performed two different tests for alcohol, one showing a .04 breath-alcohol content, another showing a .15 breath-alcohol content.

The student, in the presence of his mother, told the deputies that he had consumed the alcohol and that he had been given the beer by a hobo who bought it at Safeway.

The student received a citation for underage consumption and was suspended for the remainder of the school year.


How about some good news

The Summit Daily News likes to print the good, in addition to the bad. In the past three weeks, for example, the Breckenridge Police Department has logged only one arrest for driving under the influence.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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