Cyclist charged with trespass after taking on Dillon Dam security guards |

Cyclist charged with trespass after taking on Dillon Dam security guards

summit daily news
news on a white background with a magnifier

SUMMIT COUNTY – A man on a bicycle recently ignored security guards and tried to cross Dillon Dam after the road had closed for the night.

One of the guards said he saw the man approaching and shined a spotlight to see who it was.

“The male told him, ‘Get the f****** light out of my eyes,’ and then asked, ‘Why the f*** are you here?” before continuing along the Dam Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

The cyclist then approached the guard on the other end of the dam “and began to harass him,” according to the report.

Denver Water, which owns the dam, has closed the road nightly between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. since summer 2008. Guards are stationed on either end supposedly in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks.

The incident with the cyclist last week occurred at about 2: 30 a.m. Deputies arrived and asked the man what happened.

“The damn Dam wanna be cop shined his light in my eyes,” the man said, adding that it ruined his night vision, according to the report.

The man told deputies it’s “ridiculous” that the Dam Road is closed and is the safest road for riding his bike home.

The guard told deputies he’d spoken with the Denver Water office and they wanted to press trespass charges.

The man was charged with third degree trespass.

A Sheriff’s deputy responding early one recent morning to a disturbance call in Keystone found a woman crying next to a crashed Honda Civic.

“I am f****** drunk and I have to pee right now,” the woman told the deputy, according to a report from Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The Honda’s two airbags had been deployed, the passenger’s-side windshield was smashed out from the interior, and vapor was rising near the passenger’s-side headlight. There was also some fluid leaking from the car, which was running in a parking lot, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

The woman’s speech was slurred; she smelled of alcohol and stumbled when walking, according to the report.

The woman told the deputy she was drinking at a nearby bar, was too drunk to drive home to Frisco and had planned to stay with a guy she’d met that night. While following the man, she hit a rock and crashed, according to the report.

She said she was uninjured and the passenger-side airbag broke the windshield, according to the report.

“(The woman) stated several times that she ‘was sorry for driving drunk’ because she ‘knows better’ and she was ‘glad she didn’t hurt or kill anybody else,'” according to the report.

The deputy investigated the scene of the crash, finding evidence that a 2 foot (in diameter) boulder had been struck and dragged about 10 to 20 feet by a car. The debris matched the woman’s car, and a fluid trail was visible between the boulder and her car, according to the report.

The woman was arrested and booked on charges of drunken driving and careless driving.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User