"Huge brawl’ erupts in Warrior’s Mark
BRECKENRIDGE – A fight among 20 to 30 college-aged students erupted in Warrior’s Mark Saturday night, resulting in citations for underage drinking and a general unease in the neighborhood.
Sheriff’s officers cited seven Mesa State College students and a local 17-year-old for underage drinking. Ambulance personnel took another man to Summit Medical Center, where he declined treatment.
The fight came on the heels of another assault that took place early Friday morning on Main Street. Police arrested three men in conjunction with that fight, which sent a 36-year-old Breckenridge man to the hospital with extensive internal injuries. He is listed in critical condition at St. Anthony’s Central in Denver.
Witnesses who live in Warrior’s Mark said they heard shouting along Broken Lance Drive at about 9:45 Saturday night and looked out their window to see a brawl in the street.
“When it all first started, we thought it was just drunk people coming up the street,” said Warrior’s Mark resident Matthew Palmer. “We didn’t know it was a fight until we started hearing the punches. There were two or three kids that started kicking him, then they would leave, then come back start and start whaling on him again. The first thing that ran through my head is that they killed him.”
Finally, one man was struck unconscious, Palmer said.
“It reminded me of the other night, of that other guy,” he said of the fight on Main Street. “They’re kicking him, and they’re not stopping, and all these girls are screaming, “You’re killing him! His neck’s broken!'”
Palmer said some of those in the crowd began to drag the unconscious man to a house down the road when police and medical personnel arrived. Fireworks launched in the area made some residents think people were shooting guns.
“Kids were scattering in backyards, up and down the streets,” Palmer said. “Police got out with their guns drawn, the kids were drunk and stumbling – it was crazy. It was like something you see in L.A. or Atlanta.”
Law enforcement officials said they didn’t know what triggered the brawl, but said alcohol likely played a role.
“Booze is a huge contributor to these problems,” said Summit County Sheriff Joe Morales.
The mayhem didn’t end there, either.
According to Palmer, a private snowplow operator drove around the corner and, not expecting a brawl in the street, slid off the road and struck a tree. Witnesses said the snowplow driver left just before law enforcement arrived.
Sheriff’s Capt. Derek Woodman said he didn’t hear that a snowplow had been involved in the incident.
“What I was really impressed with was the response of the Breckenridge Police Department,” said Andy Carlberg, who also saw the melee. “They were out here within a minute. They made us feel safer.”
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