Summit County police blotter: ‘One drink’ slide off in Keystone
At 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to U.S. Highway 6 at Mile Marker 221 near Keystone for a report of a vehicle slide off.
The report was initiated by a Colorado Department of Transportation employee, police reports stated. It was snowing heavily at the time and road conditions were poor because of the inclement weather.
The CDOT employee told police dispatchers the driver, a woman, was sitting in his snowplow and appeared to be agitated and under the influence at the time of the call. Despite the poor conditions, Summit County deputies had not been dispatched to any other vehicle accidents on U.S. Highway 6, according to records.
When deputies arrived on scene, the CDOT employee said he was traveling westbound on Highway 6 — plowing snow — when he encountered a Chevy Blazer stuck in a snowdrift. The CDOT employee stopped and offered the woman assistance. When it became clear she would need a tow, the CDOT employee offered to have the woman wait in his truck until help arrived.
Immediately upon her entering the passenger side of the cab, the CDOT employee smelled a distinct “sweet odor of booze,” according to records. The CDOT employee also said he noticed the woman spoke with slurred speech and appeared to be “wrecked.”
When deputies interviewed the woman, she said she had only had one drink before getting behind the wheel, records stated. However, a preliminary and voluntary Breathalyzer test showed the woman had a blood alcohol content of .225.
When asked to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, the woman refused. She was then placed into custody for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The woman was ultimately booked into Summit County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, careless driving and operating a vehicle with an open alcoholic beverage container.
Silverthorne residents clash in parking lot
At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 2200 block of Lodge Pole Circle in Silverthorne.
Due to being dispatched from Breckenridge, deputies requested the assistance of the Silverthorne and Dillon police departments. While en route to the scene, deputies learned from communications officers that there was a male face down in the snow. Medical personnel were also dispatched to the scene.
When Silverthorne and Dillon police department officers arrived on scene they were able to locate two men suspected of being involved in the fight. The man who was reportedly face down in the snow was conscious when law enforcement officers arrived, reports stated. Both men refused medical treatment at the scene.
During the course of their investigation, law enforcement officers learned both men were drinking before the fight started. One of the men was dealing with the recent loss of his father. The man, who was reportedly knocked out before law enforcement officers arrived, would not stop talking about the other man’s father, reports stated.
An argument ensued and the two men went out into the parking lot. While outside, the verbal argument escalated and one of the men tackled the other to the ground, reports stated. A fistfight took place — lasting approximately five minutes — one of the men told officers.
The instigator was issued a summons for disorderly conduct for fighting in a public place and was allowed to return home. The second man, who agreed to submit to a Breathalyzer test, was transported to Summit County jail after blowing a .205. That man’s charges were not released in the report.
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