Summit County police blotter: ‘Come pick up my dog, because I’m getting arrested’ |

Summit County police blotter: ‘Come pick up my dog, because I’m getting arrested’

Joe Moylan

Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Smartphones and cellmates

On Aug. 27, Breckenridge Police Officers initiated a traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. near North Park Avenue and Ski Hill Drive in Breckenridge after observing a Chevrolet pickup driving without headlights and conducting an abrupt U-turn without signaling.

When officers approached the driver’s side door the window was rolled down and a 28-year-old woman was talking on her cell phone. Officers asked the woman to hang up her phone and provide her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

The woman refused to end the call, telling the person on the other line to “come pick up my dog because I am getting arrested,” according to police reports.

The woman continued her cell phone conversation as she searched the truck for her registration and proof of insurance. She did not realize for several minutes that her registration was in her hands, the police report stated.

Sensing the odor of alcohol on her breath, officers asked the woman to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, which she refused.

When officers tried to inform the woman of the consequences, she became emotional and interrupted them several times to ask how her dog would get home safely.

When asked if she would submit to a breath or chemical blood test of her alcohol content the woman refused, in a less than cordial manner, and was placed into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Her dog and truck, on the other hand, were turned over to a friend who arrived at the scene a short time later, according to police reports, and made it back to her Breckenridge residence safely.

An Olde English gentleman

On Aug. 30, Silverthorne Police Department officers responded at 9 p.m. to a report of a dispute between a tenant and a landlord in the 100 block of P Road.

Although the tenant was not physically violent, the landlord reported to police officers that his 37-year-old tenant was drunk and belligerent. With the landlord’s permission, officers entered the man’s apartment.

Officers then knocked on the tenant’s bedroom door. The tenant answered with a 40-ounce bottle of Olde English malt liquor in hand. When asked if he would talk with police officers about what had happened, the tenant took a long slow swig from the bottle and simply replied, “Nope.”

When officers asked the tenant how much he had to drink, the man said he had not had any alcohol that day. He refused to put down the bottle of Olde English he was drinking, according to police reports.

Although the tenant initially declined to speak with police officers, he then spouted off — in slurred, broken English — that he was selling alien technology to Summit County judges, he could levitate, he was a billionaire and the leader of “the biggest gang for the smallest people,” police reports stated.

Although the responding officers could find no evidence of a crime against the landlord, they did run a background check on the tenant to confirm his identity. The report came back that the tenant had an active restraining order that specifically prohibited the consumption of alcohol and illicit substances, according to the police report.

The tenant was then placed under arrest for violating a restraining order. Before being placed into handcuffs the tenant asked if he could finish his beer before he was transported to Summit County Jail.

Although it is not addressed in the police report, it would be safe to assume the officers did not oblige the tenant of the request.

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