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Joyride leads to tequila-infused mayhem

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SUMMIT COUNTY – After drinking at his home one night with two of his buddies and their friend, Chuck woke up to a man at the door who was wearing his jacket and holding the keys to his supercharged, 380-horsepower pickup truck.

Chuck found his truck up the road. In it were some beer and tequila the four of them had been drinking the night before, according to a report from Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The truck’s trailer hitch and harness were broken, the cup holder had been broken off and there was vomit inside. The tires were missing rubber and had craters that appeared to be from burn-outs.

Mitch, the guy at the door – who had been drinking at the house the night before – allegedly told Chuck that someone had stolen his truck and he had fought the stranger to retrieve the keys. Chuck had never seen Mitch until that night.

Chuck’s truck was completely out of gas, and had clocked 140 miles on the odometer, when he found it. The truck had been recently cleaned but was now “very dirty.”

After pushing it to a gas station and driving it home, he concluded the former houseguest had taken the truck – because he would have been the only person with access to the keys.

Two other sets of keys were missing, as well, and Mitch had been the only other person in the house when Chuck went to sleep.

When deputies with the Sheriff’s Office contacted Mitch the next day, he allegedly claimed Chuck had given him permission to drive the truck.

Mitch said he was driving intoxicated, but then retracted that statement. He said he would pay for any damages caused to the truck.

“He also told me he just drove around in the truck, but didn’t go to any particular place,” according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

Chuck told deputies that Mitch had no permission to drive the truck.

“He became upset and told me that he doesn’t even let his wife drive his truck, let alone an intoxicated person that he doesn’t even know,” according to the report.

Mitch was arrested and charged with first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft.

Frank, who allegedly consumed nearly a liter of vodka while poaching a hotel pool, was arrested after becoming belligerent and distressing guests.

When a concerned mother asked Frank to watch his language, he “became enraged at her” and demanded she return to Texas.

The mother called the police.

When Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Frank allegedly told them he owned a property there and was not drinking – despite red eyes, slurred speech and confusion. He took a breath test which reported a .150 breath alcohol concentration.

Deputies photographed an empty vodka bottle the mother said Frank drank in front of her.

Deputies found some alcohol-related charges against Frank in a background check and later reviewed those reports.

In one of the reports from earlier this year, Frank allegedly said he remembered nearly nothing from the previous night.

“He stated the only thing he recalled was being bit by K-9 Bobby,” according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies reporting on the most recent case learned from one of the hotel’s employees that Frank and another individual had stayed at the hotel before but “absolutely destroyed their lodgings” and were not welcome back to the property.

Frank was arrested and charged with felony and misdemeanor violations of bond conditions, second degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct by offensive language.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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