Drunk man rolls Jeep near Keystone, returns to hotel and tries to report it stolen
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SUMMIT COUNTY – A drunk man who rolled his Jeep, fled the scene and called police to report it stolen didn’t fool a local deputy, who questioned a suspicious, key-shaped bulge in the man’s pocket.
The unoccupied Jeep Grand Cherokee was found lying on its driver’s side on Colorado 6 in Keystone, and the keys were missing, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The man – who was staying at a nearby hotel – called and reported his vehicle stolen.
When the deputy arrived at the hotel, the man was standing at the base of the stairs and waving his arms.
He told the deputy someone stole his Jeep while he was at the bars.
“I asked him if any of his friends could have taken it, and he said no. I then asked (the man) if he had any injuries from the accident and he said he was OK and wasn’t hurt,” according to the SCSO report.
The deputy then asked the man how he knew his vehicle was in an accident – and how he would incur any injuries – if someone had stolen the Jeep.
“(The man) looked at the ground and didn’t say anything,” according to the SCSO report.
Next the deputy noticed a “large bulge” in the man’s front pocket and asked what it was; the man said those were his car keys.
“I asked (the man) if he drove his jeep off the roadway and rolled it over and he said yes,” according to the SCSO report.
The man said he made up the story because he didn’t want to get into trouble. After voluntary roadside tests, the man blew a .240 in the preliminary breath test machine.
The man was arrested and given an official breath test at Summit County Jail, where he registered a whopping .292.
He was charged with drunken driving and reckless driving.
A man who left his wife and kids near the top of Schoolmarm trail at Keystone Resort to relieve himself got stuck in some gnarly terrain – and in trouble with law enforcement.
The man had intended to walk only a few feet into the woods to take care of business.
“He said his plan was to then ski down and back onto Schoolmarm, but when he tried this the ‘crust’ kept breaking under him and the terrain became too steep for him to ski back to his right toward Schoolmarm,” according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office report.
Ski patrol caught up with the man, who had phoned his wife for help. He had started hiking back up his own tracks as patrollers came down through the trees.
The patrollers told a deputy that the man was polite and apologetic, and that he said he hadn’t seen a “rope or a sign” prohibiting access to the area. But they said they believed the man knew he wasn’t supposed to be in the closed area, according to the SCSO report.
Ski patrol confiscated the man’s season pass for 30 days, and the deputy issued him a summons for violating the Skier Safety Act.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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