Party’s guest of honor goes to prison |

Party’s guest of honor goes to prison

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Summit County, Colorado

Festivities were cut short for the guest of honor at a going-away party in Copper when he was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a petty offense.

The trouble started after a couple of security personnel entered a “public area” where about 16 people were celebrating with alcohol ” a substance not allowed in the area.

They confiscated the booze and returned to the security office. But the upset partiers followed them.

When the security people exited the building for the security van, they asked the party people to leave them alone. But the party followed.

The honored guest stood behind the security van to prevent it from leaving, and when a security person tried to move him, he followed that person to the door and wouldn’t allow it to be closed.

Finally, the party’s honoree gave up and went inside.

The honoree and the security people called dispatch at the same time.

The event soon turned into a gone-awry party when the guest of honor was arrested and booked as a fugitive in Summit County Jail.

An underaged man from Alabama smashed the door to a bar in Keystone, ran away, returned and ultimately blew a whopping .260 breath test for blood-alcohol content.

The intoxicated man told police that he had punched the glass-and-wood door for no reason. Then he said he tripped and fell into the door. Then police determined the door appeared to have been punched.

The man from Alabama had surface cuts on his hands with a little blood around the knuckles. He slurred words and was unsteady on his feet.

Upon request for identification, he offered a driver license showing he was under 21.

Police searched him and found an identification card from Florida that had a birth date over 21. The search also revealed a plastic canister with less than an ounce of marijuana.

The Alabama man was taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center where he was cleared before being taken to Summit County Jail and booked on four charges.

A car’s bad transmission led to the arrest of a man with a felony warrant for an immigration violation of failing to “appear for removal.”

The man’s car stalled on the highway, catching the attention of a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy followed the car and reported hearing a “very audible noise” that “sounded like it was having mechanical problems.”

After the noisy vehicle sputtered along a few blocks at about 20 mph ” swerving across the center divider three times ” the deputy pulled it over.

The deputy approached the vehicle and asked the driver for identification ” when the vehicle stalled again.

The driver provided a passport from El Salvador as well as registration and insurance documents.

Once the report of the warrant was confirmed, the deputy arrested the man, and his car was towed.

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

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