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Late-night ride rips out 40 feet of fence; leads to stack of charges

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – A 26-year-old guy who’d been drinking alcohol recently drove through the Keystone Ranch fence, which caught on his vehicle and was damaged for 40 feet.

A deputy with Summit County Sheriff’s Office found the man at his home later that morning, less than a mile away. He denied driving that night but soon admitted to the damage, adding that he didn’t know what he was doing there, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The call had come out as a report of damage to a chain-link fence and gate, and while en route the deputy was advised that the vehicle was at the residence where there were “two males attempting to put the bumper back on,” according to the report.

The man’s vehicle sustained heavy damage to the front end, and the right side of the windshield had cracks the size of a softball. The grill was broken and partially missing, and there was also damage to a front headlight and both fenders.

An employee with Keystone Ranch said damage to the fence and gate were estimated at $1,200.

The man who’d driven through the fence was charged with criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass, driving while ability impaired, reckless driving, striking unattended property, duty to report accident and obstructed windshield, according to the report.

A man with a Texas driver’s license was recently pulled over for speeding, but his bizarre behavior soon had him urinating in a cup at the local jailhouse.

A deputy contacted the man, 25, for clocking 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. While the deputy tried to speak with the man, his eyes darted and he couldn’t focus.

When asked to step out of the vehicle, the man was slow to open the door and “seemed lethargic” as he walked to the back of his car, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

As the deputy spoke to the man, his body tremored and his pupils were dilated.

“(The man) then stated it was cold and asked for a jacket. I asked (the man) if there was a coat in his car and he replied, ‘Yes, but I want to wear yours,'” according to the report.

Asked whether he would perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, the man replied: “I want to cooperate, but I’m not going to do anything.”

The man told the deputy he was going into hypothermia because it was below zero outside; however, the deputy’s GPS showed the temperature to be 48 Fahrenheit.

The man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs as well as speeding.

When the deputy told him he was being taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center for a blood draw, he said it was against his religion to have a blood draw done, and he wanted to provide a urine sample. He provided the sample.

Another deputy found a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the Jeep’s console. In a nearby backpack was a device that blocks cell phone signals when activated.

A prescription bottle belonging to the man contained metoclopram, a medicine for treating gastrointestinal issues – the long-term side effects of which can include “symptoms mimicking Parkinson’s disease, involuntary muscle movements, facial grimacing…” according to http://www.medicinenet.com

The items found were booked into evidence for safe keeping, according to the SCSO report.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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