Drunken man pleads "maybe’
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Staff at a Breckenridge bar called for police reporting a disturbance. When the police officer arrived just outside the bar’s front entrance, he found a bar staff member detaining a man amid the wreckage of plastic chairs, a table and a trash can.
The staff member told the officer there had been only six or so customers in the bar. When this particular man went outside and didn’t return for a while, the staff member went to check on him. That’s when he found the man standing next to all the broken furniture – with no one else around.
The officer noted in his report that the suspect was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot eyes and a slightly dazed look. When asked about the wrecked furniture, the man said he didn’t do it. The officer asked again.
“I don’t think I did,” the man said. “Not that I remember.”
He finally admitted to the property destruction, according to the report, and he offered to make up the damages by “washing dishes or something.”
The officer issued the man a summons for criminal mischief.
Not drunk, but going there
A sheriff’s deputy was following a car headed south of Breckenridge on Highway 9. After watching the driver cross the double-yellow line three times, the deputy pulled the car over.
In talking to the driver, the deputy noted he did not smell alcohol, but the driver had bloodshot eyes and a cooler and bag of ice lying in the back of the vehicle. The driver, an 18-year-old, said he hadn’t drank any alcohol. The driver also consented to the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests and passed. When asked how much alcohol was in the car, the driver said, “a little.”
The deputy and another officer who arrived on scene asked the driver to remove the alcohol from the car, and he did: 60 12-ounce cans of Busch Light, 60 12-ounce cans of Keystone Light, a 12-pack of Corona, three bottles of rum, a bottle of vodka, a bottle of Bearenjager Honey, a bottle of gin and bottle of whisky.
The officers confiscated the alcohol and and issued the driver a citation for underage possession of alcohol.
Staff at the Breckenridge Police Department are reporting it’s quiet on the Southern front – too quiet. On May 11, for example, officers logged no calls. Administrative staff said they are keeping officers busy, however, getting them to help out with paperwork around the office.
One story after another
A Silverthorne officer saw an SUV speeding down Wildernest Road with one headlight out. The officer tailed the vehicle onto Interstate 70, where he observed the car weave into the center lane three times before pulling it over.
The officer immediately noted the driver’s bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and odor of alcohol, according to the police report. After the driver gave his name (but no license), the officer ran the name through the Big Computer, which turned up no record for that name in Colorado or Wyoming. The driver said the truck belonged to a friend. When asked where he was going, the driver said he was headed to a Frisco bar to pick up his stepbrother who had just been in a fight. When the officer started to ask more questions about the vehicle, the driver became confused, according to the report, and said he was taking the truck to its owner’s house north of Silverthorne.
The officer asked the man for his stepbrother’s name. The driver responded with a name that sounded strangely like his own. The officer had a colleague in Frisco go to the bar to look for the man; no one matching the name or description was there.
The officer asked the man to get out of the car for the How Drunk Are You Really? tests. The man said he’d only had one beer, but he had taken a Vicodin painkiller earlier. It was prescribed for tooth pain, he said.
After placing the man under arrest, the officers discovered a wallet. The driver said it belonged to his brother. The officers had the man complete a breathalyzer – .177 breath-alcohol content.
While the officers completed the arrest paperwork, the man went on to tell them about his childhood in California, being raised by his grandmother (whom he could not name), his mother serving prison time (in an unknown location), his unknown father and how he’d lived on his own since the age of 11.
Eventually, the driver admitted his name was really the name he had given as his stepbrother’s. He went to jail for DUI, driving a defective vehicle, driving without a license, failure to show proof of insurance – and false reporting.
Rockin’ the sewer
A Breckenridge property manager was stumped over problems with a sewer pipe backing up at one corner of a condo complex. The problem grew worse – and more odoriferous – throughout the week. Finally, the manager hired a contractor to cut up a portion of the asphalt in the parking lot to locate the problem. That’s when the manager called police.
The man told the police officer that, once the pipe was exposed, they discovered someone had been stuffing rocks in it.
There were no suspects, and the manager estimated damages and costs at $4,000.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or email@example.com.
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