Summit County police blotter: Drunk driver leads Dillon Police, State Patrol on a dangerous chase
January 1, 2016
A SLIPPERY SLOPE
Around 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 24, an officer was dispatched to a bar in Dillon for a fight. When the officer arrived a person yelled, "he's over there."
The officer pulled into the parking lot and saw a man getting into a car. The man ignored the officers, got into his car, backed out of his parking spot and accelerated toward the officer. Due to the ice, the car was unable to gain speed and the officer was able to get out of the way.
The car turned onto LaBonte Street, ran through the stop sign at Lake Dillon Drive, went the wrong way around the traffic circle on Dillon Dam Road, and then turned left onto Highway 6 driving westbound in the eastbound lane. The car continued toward Silverthorne against on-coming traffic at about 70 miles-per-hour. At Stephen's Way, the car lost control and hit a light pole.
While the car was stuck in the snow, two officers approached the car. However, the car broke free of the snow bank and continued northbound in the wrong lane to Third Street, where it struck a Colorado State Patrol vehicle and a Silverthorne Police Department vehicle.
The driver once again attempted to hit the officer's car, but he was available to avoid the collision. The car then lost control and went into a ditch.
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The driver was contacted and arrested on multiple charges, including DUI and felony eluding.
Breckenridge police officers were dispatched to a burglary on Rachel Lane, after the homeowner reported someone had entered his garage, opened his truck and stolen his keys around 1 a.m. on Dec. 28.
The man said he left work just after midnight, parked his car in the garage and threw his keys on the floor in the middle of the truck. He closed his car and garage door, and went into his home to watch Sports Center.
Around 1 a.m., he thought he heard something in the garage and his dog acted upset. But the man thought nothing of it — perhaps it was just a rabbit — as the overhead door wouldn't completely close, leaving a two-foot gap from the ground.
The next morning, the man found the door to his truck open and the keys gone. He grabbed a spare set of keys and backed his truck out of the garage, accidentally running over part of a six-pack of beer. The man said the beer had been sitting on a shelf in the garage. The man also found a lawn-table leg at the front of the garage.
A man was arrested for trespassing at a Breckenridge bar after he had fallen over on his table, startling a family sitting nearby. The man was asked to leave, but instead went upstairs into the bathroom. The man had been arrested five times before for trespassing in the Breckenridge area.
Officers responded to a cold theft at a Breckenridge outdoor sports store. The employee of the store told the officer that a man had come in on Dec. 27, the day before, looking to exchange a jacket. The manager said no, as the man did not have a receipt.
Later the day, as the store became less busy, the employees realized they were missing a jacket exactly like the one the man was trying to exchange. It was a medium O'Neil Venus pirate black jacket, which there was no record of being sold from the store.
The employee also noted that on Dec. 28, a woman came in with an identical jacket around 11:30 a.m., and wanted to exchange it for a large jacket on the rack. The owner spoke with her, took both jackets and said he would do the exchange if she brought in a receipt. The woman left the store without either jacket.
The night of Dec. 21, Dillon police were dispatched to Tenderfoot Street and Highway 9 for a car accident. When they arrived, they found an empty van over a damaged guardrail and on top of a destroyed pine tree. A few minutes later, a man drove up and said he was looking for his girlfriend who was in the van.
They followed footprints from the accident all the way to Cove Blvd., where they found three individuals walking on the roadway. The female driver was identified and arrested for a DUI.
Police were dispatched to a Breckenridge bar the night of Dec. 24. Two men had gotten into a fight, and one was reportedly unconscious, but breathing.
When officers arrived, the man was now conscious, and smelled of alcohol. Because he did not need medical attention, police spoke with the younger man who had allegedly punched him. He said he was with three female friends who had been creeped out by the older man, who was being "touchy feely" and he was asked to step in.
When the younger man stepped in front of his friends, creating a barrier between them, the other man put him into a chokehold. The man managed to escape the chokehold, but then punched the older man when he lunged at him.
A video of the confrontation confirmed the younger man's story. Police arrested the other man and gave him a summons for disorderly conduct.
Officers were notified of a ski theft at the base of Peak 8, where a pair of size 150 K2 skis was reported missing around 3 p.m. on Dec. 25. The skis were in two racks in front of the Ullr building. The woman valued the skis at about $700.
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