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Hillary Webster: Misplaced priorities for Breck PD

Hillary Webster

Last Saturday night, as I drove three SHS freshman home from the school dance, I was pulled over by a Breckenridge police officer. According to the officer, I was driving 30 mph in a 25 zone. Getting pulled over is understandable, but it’s what happened next that is incomprehensible. As the officer went back to his car, an inebriated 40-something year-old man stumbled over to my car and began to yell obscenities at the police officer. He circled around my car and the police car, all the while shouting at the officer. Then, the drunken individual proceeded to park himself across the street and begin filming the situation. As he filmed, he narrated with incredibly offensive and disrespectful expletives directed at the police officer. He also incorporated very innapropiate body language and gestures. As one might imagine, my passengers (all 14-year-old girls) and I were patiently waiting for the officer to do something about this man. Being a mother and teacher here in the county, I was particularly interested for my young passengers to see how our police officers handle public drunkeness and disorderly conduct (they are crimes, as I understand).

This, however, was not to happen. Instead, this publicly intoxicated person, who threatened the police officer and shouted that we would all be on YouTube the next day, was allowed to saunter off into the night, without so much as a warning. I, on the other hand, was issued an $80, 1-point ticket. Does this mean driving 5 miles over the speed limit is more of a “crime” than aggravated public intoxication? My hope is that the careful attention that was imparted to me, by Breckenridge police officers, will also be given to openly drunk individuals blatantly disrupting the peace.

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