How about a DUI in the driveway? |

How about a DUI in the driveway?

Reid Williams

A citizen called police to report a drunken driver in the neighborhood of the Raven Golf Course in Silverthorne. The police officer recognized the description of the car and went to the home of the owner. The officer observed the car there, sitting in the driveway with the driver’s door open. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver shut the door and drove into the garage.

The driver, a woman, stumbled and fell walking out of the garage to meet the officer in the driveway. The officer said the woman was “confused, disoriented and was in an emotional state.” The woman told the officer she did not remember driving. The officer asked if the woman had been drinking.

“No,” the woman said. “Oh, my, I think it’s my Alzheimer’s. I don’t know what is happening.”

The officer asked if the woman had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a disease that typically affects older adults’ memories (the woman is 60). “No,” she said. The officer asked the woman to retrieve her driver’s license, and she did, stumbling along the way. Once outside again, she had to use a fence to hold herself up.

Meanwhile, another police officer collected a witness statement from the reporting party. The witness said the woman showed up at the golf course at 8:30 p.m. (after it closed) and said she had a tee time. The witness said the woman also was wearing her sweater backwards and drove away in the oncoming lane of traffic.

The woman failed the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests and was arrested for driving under the influence with only moderate crying, talking to herself, jumping up and dow, and falling down.

Strike one, strike two …

A sheriff’s deputy was parked at the Meadow Creek trailhead when he watched a car exit westbound Interstate 70 and drive the wrong way around the roundabout. The deputy then watched the car drive down Summit Boulevard in the wrong lane of traffic. The car changed into the correct lane when the deputy clocked the car at 58 mph in the 35 mph zone.

The deputy stopped the car and discovered 1) the driver had a suspended license for insurance termination, 2) the license plates were expired and 3) someone had stolen registration stickers, spliced them together and pasted them over the 2001 license expiration stickers so they read “02.” In addition, the driver failed to produce any proof of insurance.

The driver said he had just purchased the car and had no idea the license plates were improper. He was cited for careless driving, driving under restraint, no insurance in possession and displaying stolen validation stickers.

Help, I’ve lost my bus

Breckenridge officers found a man in the lobby of the police department at 2:30 a.m. The man, whom officers described as intoxicated, said he owns an old school bus – his home – but was unable to remember where he parked it. One officer stayed with the man while another officer searched for the bus. No such luck.

The officers told the man, who was well-behaved albeit unsteady, that he could check in to the detox center, but it was his choice. The man said no and went on his way.

Minutes later, dispatchers notified the officers that the man had called 911 threatening to call his lawyer because police could not find his bus. The officers found the man a block away at Ski Hill Road and Main Street. The man denied calling 911 and said the officers knew where his bus was, but wouldn’t reveal the location to him.

The officers took the man into custody for his own safety, but the man resisted. On the way to jail, the man repeatedly kicked everything inside the patrol car. Once at the jail, officers discovered a small amount of a Green Leafy Substance on the man. He was charged with obstruction of a peace officer and possession of marijuana.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

Just the Facts:

Up Against the Wall appears biweekly. All accounts are rewritten from Summit County law enforcement agency logs. Names are withheld for privacy; individuals are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court

of law.

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