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Man busted for driving recklessly on Arapahoe Basin’s Beach stretch

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Arapahoe Basin’s infamous “Beach” area is a snowy strip between the parking lot and the base of the lifts where skiers and snowboarders hang out, barbecue and relax between runs.Driving on the beach, however, is not tolerated. One man learned that little life lesson the hard way one recent Saturday afternoon.A sheriff’s deputy was called to the ski area after a couple of employees reportedly saw the man driving his Range Rover between the Pali lift to the Molly Hogan lift, nearly running over a female snowboarder.Ski patrollers attempted to talk to the man, but he ignored them and became aggravated.The deputy arrived and began talking to the man, who smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and had watery, bloodshot eyes.He first said he hadn’t had anything to drink, then admitted to having alcohol at lunch. He agreed to take the How Drunk Are You Really? test, which he failed.The deputy took him to jail, where he blew a .157. He was also booked for reckless driving and driving without a valid license.’Everyone else was doing it’With winter in full swing and the ski resorts packed with snow hounds, sometimes roped off terrain gets to be too tempting for antsy skiers and snowboarders.Copper Mountain ski patrollers recently called sheriff’s deputies to report three snowboarders who ducked a rope into closed avalanche terrain.A patroller found one of the men at the bottom of the Sierra lift, where he discovered that on top of snowboarding in a closed area, he had managed to sneak on the mountain without a lift pass. The deputy gave the man a ticket for theft and violating the skier safety act. He was asked not to return to Copper.Over at Keystone, an employee on the snowmaking crew witnessed two snowboarders duck a rope off the Schoolmarm trail. Ski patrol was able to track down one of the culprits, who stated he knowingly ducked a rope, but “everyone else was doing it.” Not good enough. He was ticketed.Deputy’s warning goes unheeded; man gets DUIA man arrested for DUI in Keystone can’t say police didn’t warn him first.A sheriff’s deputy had been interviewing the man outside a Keystone restaurant, where he had witnessed an assault. When the questioning was over, the deputy told the man he was free to go, and when it appeared he might leave in his car, asked how much he’d had to drink.”Two beers,” the man responded.The deputy told the man not to drive home and suggested he catch a lift with someone. The man said he would not drive.Ten minutes later, the deputy was leaving the restaurant when he saw the man’s vehicle pull out of the driveway and speed down the highway.The deputy followed the man to employee housing and asked him to take the How Drunk Are You Really? test. He failed and spent the night in jail.Man turning cookies in parking lot ends up in jailAll this snow just makes you want to drive to the nearest empty parking lot and turn some cookies, doesn’t it? Apparently that’s what one man was thinking at 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. A sheriff’s deputy saw a driver in a parking lot off Summit Blvd. in Frisco spinning the vehicle’s tires, then accelerating rapidly for a short distance, stopping and throwing the car into reverse.The deputy went to have a little chat with the driver, who emanated a strong odor of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.He said he’d only had two beers that night, but failed a sobriety test. The deputy took him to jail, where his breath registered a .183 blood alcohol level.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at

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