Summit County police blotter: Breckenridge Romeo catches punch, DUI charge trying to pick up ‘friend’ from local bar |

Summit County police blotter: Breckenridge Romeo catches punch, DUI charge trying to pick up ‘friend’ from local bar

Joe Moylan

When Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled over a driver for failing to stop at a stop sign and for driving without his lamps illuminated, they weren’t expecting to also hear a tale of an alleged assault.

The traffic stop occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18 near the intersection of Wellington and Royal Tiger roads. Upon being pulled over, the driver told deputies he was asked by a friend for a ride home from Cecilia’s Bar in Breckenridge.

However, when the man got there his friend was involved in an argument with an unidentified man, according to police records. The driver tried to separate the two and received a punch in the mouth for his chivalry.

Deputies could see the driver sustained a half-inch cut in his lip, as well as a chipped tooth, records stated. Unfortunately for him, deputies also noticed the distinct odor of alcohol on his breath, despite the driver saying he had only one beer at 4 p.m., nearly 10 hours earlier.

After failing to conduct roadside maneuvers satisfactorily, the man was placed into custody and booked into Summit County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop at a posted stop sign and failure to light lamps.

Deputies did alert the Breckenridge Police Department about a possible assault at Cecilia’s Bar, according to court records.

Breckenridge man ignores interlock device requirement

A man who allegedly ran a red light on Colorado Highway 9 in Breckenridge also was found to be in violation of a court order requiring he use an interlock device.

Deputies initiated the traffic stop at about 7 p.m. Friday, March 21 after a Silver GMC Sierra pickup was seen traveling 68 miles per hour in a posted 55 mph zone, according to police records. The driver then ran a red light at Tiger Road.

A search through the National Crime Information Center showed the man had a valid driver’s license, but also was under a court order to use an interlock device, according to police records. Deputies did not see any such device in the vehicle.

The driver said he had just purchased the truck and had not yet had the interlock transferred over from his old car, records stated. He produced a bill of sale showing he purchased the truck March 7.

The bill of sale showed the truck was sold with 13,610 miles on it. The odometer at the time of the stop showed 15,667.

The man’s driver’s license was confiscated and he was issued a summons for driving without an approved interlock device and failure to obey a traffic control device.

After hours NAPA Auto Parts run ends in DUI charge

Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 against a driver who said he was on his way to NAPA Auto Parts in Frisco to purchase rear taillights for his damaged Chevy Cavalier.

NAPA Auto Parts closes on the weekdays at 6 p.m., according to its website.

In addition to busted taillights due to what appeared to be a recent car crash, the driver also failed to display a license plate. When questioned by deputies about it, they noticed a distinct odor of alcohol emanating from the man’s breath, according to police records.

The driver was asked to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, which he did not complete to the deputies’ satisfaction, records stated. The driver agreed to submit to a Breathalyzer test at the scene, which returned a blood-alcohol content of .113.

The driver was placed into custody and watched deputies conduct an inventory of his vehicle at the scene. Inside, deputies found a bottle of Fireball Whiskey and a half empty bottle of Captain Morgan spiced rum, as well as a glass pipe commonly known for smoking marijuana, according to records.

The driver was transported to Summit County Jail and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an unsafe vehicle and driving a vehicle without properly displayed plates.

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