Sleepy summer days on the night shift |

Sleepy summer days on the night shift

Up Against the Wall appears biweekly. All accounts are rewritten from Summit County law enforcement agency logs. Names are withheld for privacy; individuals are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

It’s been a sleepy summer in Breckenridge, even for officers who have to pull the night shift. One can tell from the creative way their reports get entered into the police log:

– Cleared plate: No, parents didn’t call 911 just because Junior finished his vegetables. It was just an officer checking a license plate in the Big Computer.

– Suspicious laser: Dr. Evil was on the loose, possibly, or someone was playing jokes with a laser pointer.

– Illegal sale (deer antlers): It’s legal to sell deer antlers, but it’s illegal to do it without a permit from the town. And, no, the gentleman in question wasn’t carrying them around inside his trench coat.

– Man sleeping: Normally, this wouldn’t be cause for alarm, but this particular man was asleep in City Market.

– Squirrel in store: Run for your lives. Officers weren’t able to catch the perpetrator but consider him armed and dangerous.


Spare some change?

Breckenridge police officers have been keeping their eyes on a troupe of panhandlers that have been roaming town. The panhandlers all carry signs saying their vehicle has broken down and they need a little help to get it fixed. What the people being solicited don’t see is that a van usually drives up to the street corner and drops off the panhandlers one by one. The town’s ordinance on panhandling doesn’t apply in this case, though, because these panhandlers aren’t aggressive. However, officers might charge them with fraud.


No means no

A Target employee called Silverthorne police to report a man was harassing her. The woman told officers that the man had called at least three times and had stopped by the store eight times – and was spotted outside the store when she arrived at and left work. The woman told officers she explained to the man that she was not interested in him – she was interested in her husband.

Officers tracked the man down and explained that he should find a new object for his affections. The woman declined to press charges unless the man continues to bother her.


Arrest the messenger

Some advice: When you get arrested and your car’s impounded, don’t send your wanted friend to pick it up.

A Silverthorne officer was dispatched to a towing company to release a vehicle previously impounded after the driver was arrested for DUI. The officer ran the man’s name through the Big Computer and found he was wanted for contempt of court on an original charge for a traffic offense.


They gave him a chance

Sheriff’s deputies responded to Swan Mountain Road on a report of a man harassing and scaring cyclists on the road who were riding in a charity event. The deputies gave the man a chance to leave on his own as long as he stopped yelling at the bikers. The man began to walk away but didn’t get 15 steps before making startling noises and gestures again. The deputies took him to jail for disorderly conduct.


DUI quote of the week

There’s a reason you have the right to remain silent.

A sheriff’s deputy stopped a woman on French Gulch Road for speeding. He asked her why. “I know. I live back here and speed on this road,” she said. “It’s hard to do the speed limit on this road. It’s so slow.”

She said she’d had two beers. The officer asked her to do the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests.

“I can’t even do this when I’m normal,” she said.

After taking her Pabst Blue Ribbon out of the car and returning her dog to the house, the deputy took her to jail where she blew a .154 breath-alcohol content.


Summit County Crime Stoppers Tip

Summit County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 to callers who help solve a crime in Summit County. All callers remain anonymous.

– Don’t wait to report a crime. Contact your local police department, or call 911 if a crime is occurring.

Reid Williams can be reached at or (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

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