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Drunk man tries to retrieve vehicle registration in air bag

ASHLEY DICKSON
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

A concerned resident alerted police when she discovered what appeared to be an unconscious man behind the steering wheel of a vehicle pulled off of a county road.

Officers arrived and noticed a man slumped down in the driver’s seat, sleeping with his head rested on his chest.

An officer initially attempted to make roust the man verbally and then reached inside the open window to shake him.



The driver was a tad disoriented when he opened his eyes to find an officer standing outside his car window.

When asked for his license and registration, he first handed the officer a cigarette lighter, forgetting what he was asked to retrieve.



During a second attempt to locate the registration, the man began fumbling around the car’s dashboard.

“That’s your air bag, not your glove box,” the officer advised. To which the man replied: “Oh, I’ll get it open.”

A third attempt to obtain the vehicle registration resulted in the driver handing over an empty pack of cigarettes.

Needless to say, it didn’t take long for officers to suspect alcohol as a contributing factor in the man’s obvious confusion.

When asked if he had been drinking, the driver admitted that he had drank “a little bit,” but he declined to elaborate.

After unsuccessfully stumbling through some voluntary roadside maneuvers, officer arrested the man took him to the Summit County Jail.

At the jail the man was issued a citation for DUI and parking in a prohibited area.

A man called police to report a lost pistol, stating he misplaced it somewhere in his apartment complex after walking home in the early hours of the morning.

The man said he was returning home at 3 a.m. when he attempted to enter what he thought was his apartment building.

After being let into the common area by a fellow tenant, the man set his pistol and jacket on a table, and began looking around, slowly realizing he was not in his own building.

He then retrieved his jacket and made the walk up to his own apartment, forgetting the pistol in the other building. The next morning the weapon was nowhere to be

found.

Officers found it suspect that an individual would be so laxidasical when in possession of a firearm and asked if the man had been drinking the previous night.

The man said that while waiting for the Summit Stage, he had purchased a 12-pack of beer and, after the bus passed without picking him up, the man decided to drink the beer on his walk home.

By the time he arrived at his apartment building, he was intoxicated, thus causing him to misplace his pistol.

Police didn’t seem to sympathize with the man’s property loss, and issued a summons for prohibited use of a firearm and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

A driver expressed confusion when an officer pulled him over after failing to make a complete stop at a quiet four-way intersection.

When asked if he had any legal justification for rolling through the clearly marked stop sign the driver replied: “Well, I thought I stopped enough.”

The minor infraction quickly escalated after it was discovered the driver was operating the vehicle with a revoked license and no insurance.

The man was taken to the Summit County Jail, where he was charged with driving under restraint, no insurance in possession and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Just a reminder: Stop signs are not optional.

Should you happen to approach one of these red octagons while driving, do just as it instructs and bring your vehicle to a complete stop.

Ashley Dickson can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at adickson@summitdaily.com.


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