Jail booked for Saturday eve party
BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman will spend Saturday night in the Summit County Jail, but he’ll be in good company. County Commissioner Bill Wallace, Summit School Board president Bill Pelham and real estate broker Phil Heller will also be booked into the jail that night.
They’re among the local residents who will spend the night there as part of a fundraiser for the Optimists Club.
The all-night sleepover is just part of the Friday night affair. The main event is a cell-block buffet, drinks, dancing to live music and silent and live auctions.
The jail is upgrading its security system, which means the facility is empty for about three weeks. During that time, most of the inmates will be housed in Park County.
“I wanted people to have a chance to come up here in a non-threatening environment and see our jail,” said Summit County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Phibbs, who manages the facility.
It’s also an opportunity to make some money for the Optimists Club, which supports youth activities. Phibbs said that group seemed a logical one for the jail to donate money to because children who participate in youth activities are less likely to dabble in drugs and alcohol – habits that eventually might land them in jail.
But the absence of the inmates is also an excuse to throw a once-in-a-lifetime-variety party.
In addition to food, drink and music, movies including “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Papillon” will be shown in the jail pods. A tattoo artist will offer his services. Officers will offer guests breath tests, give them roadside sobriety tests and let them try Fatal Vision goggles, which simulate various levels of intoxication.
Auction items include a year’s worth of car washes, jewelry, clothing, lodging, golf passes and other items.
While the jail is hosting the party, Phibbs said the county isn’t spending any money on the bash.
“We’d like people to know this is at no taxpayer expense,” he said. “It’s all volunteer and donated goods.”
The jail still has space for another 10 overnight guests. The cost to spend the night is $200, all of which goes to the Optimists.
To issue a warrant for someone’s overnight accommodations, call Kim at (970) 453-2232, ext. 324.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at email@example.com
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