Snow plowing fuels fight in Blue River |

Snow plowing fuels fight in Blue River

SUMMIT COUNTY – While all the snow dumping down in Summit County brings smiles to most people’s faces, apparently it can also be a cause for arguments.Such seemed to be the case late last month in Blue River when a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a fight.A town of Blue River plow driver reported that an upset resident had started an argument with him and threw a snow shovel at his vehicle.The driver said he was clearing the road when he noticed snow from one of the homes had been plowed into the public road, which is not allowed.He stopped and politely asked the homeowner to avoid pushing his snow into the public right-of-way, or he would stop plowing the road, according to the deputy’s report.The resident reportedly became angry and started yelling profanities at the plow driver. The driver returned to his plow to call the police when the man allegedly threw his shovel at the vehicle.The homeowner told police a different story. He said the plow driver was purposefully plowing snow into the man’s driveway and that he stopped for no reason to start an argument with him. In fact, the plow driver was so verbally abusive that the man’s wife had to go inside because she was afraid, the man said.Turns out, the two weren’t meeting for the first time. Last winter, they had a similar altercation over snowplowing when police were also called.Both men were ticketed for disorderly conduct.The puke was the first clueA deputy was on patrol late one evening near Breckenridge when he noticed a car driving around without headlights on.He pulled over the driver and had him roll his window down.The deputy saw vomit strewn across the driver’s side of the car and on the driver’s coat sleeve.The driver also had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He admitted to drinking and failed a sobriety test. He blew a .162 at the jail, where he spent the remainder of his evening.Booze + bar + rowdy patrons = bar fightIt’s not unusual for local police officers to be called to bars across the county for fights. The incidents typically end in at least one arrest of a combative bar patron who’s had a little too much to drink. The following case occurred around closing time at a Copper Mountain bar:The deputy arrived at the bar to find another deputy already on scene who had witnessed one man hit another man on the head with his fist.When interviewing the alleged victim, the man said his assaulter followed him out of the bar yelling “Louisiana State sucks” at him. He said he turned around and was blind-sided by a fist. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground seeing stars.The man said he wanted to press charges.Police arrested the man with the fist, who was visibly intoxicated.On the way to the jail the man told police, unprovoked, “When someone gets up in my face, I knock them out.”He went on to say that he was in the Hell’s Angels and had been in jail before and it was no big deal.He was booked into jail on third degree assault and disorderly conduct.Tow truck driver trades job for jailA Colorado State Patrol corporal recently responded to a car accident near Frisco, where a tow truck was needed to haul away one of the vehicles involved in the crash. When the tow truck driver arrived, the corporal noticed he smelled of alcohol, which the driver said was from the previous night. The driver refused to do a sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The legal blood alcohol limit for commercial vehicle drivers is .04.Summit County Crime Stoppers TipSummit County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 to callers who help solve a crime in Summit County. All callers remain anonymous.- Skis, snowboards and bicycles left on racks are an invitation, even if they’re locked. If you have no place to leave extra equipment, they’re better off locked inside the vehicle than on the roof rack. Cover items with a blanket. Car alarms help, but only in a populated or heavily traveled area.Summit County crime stats for December 2005• Sexual assaults: 0 • Non-forced burglary: 2 • Forced entry burglary: 15• Hit and run: 13 • Armed robbery: 0• Domestic violence: 13• Thefts from vehicle: 11• Shoplifting: 7• DUI: 35• Vehicle theft: 2• Ski thefts: 52• Snowboard thefts: 50• Other thefts: 54• Assaults: 8• Recovered stolen vehicles: 2 – Source: Daily call logs from Frisco, Breckenridge and Dillon police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office

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