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Summit County: Reckless dirt biker gets sassy with authorities, claims excessive force

Caddie Nath
summit daily news

A dirt biker riding recklessly in a residential Dillon neighborhood got all revved up when authorities stopped him for weaving and speeding on a street near his house last week.

Deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office stopped the man after a nearby resident reported he was riding his bike recklessly in an area where there are children.

Authorities who responded to the call to investigate didn’t have to wait long to see what the whistle-blower was talking about. As they were talking to the reporting party the dirt-biker sped by going about 55 miles per hour in a 30-mile per hour zone and weaving repeatedly into oncoming lanes of traffic, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

He ignored deputies when they turned on their lights and continued to his house where he finally stopped.

He told authorities he was working on his motorcycle’s front tire and was driving it to test it. He also told them he “knows the law” because he used to be an attorney’s assistant.

He just decided not to follow it.

He was driving the bike on the road, which was illegal with the bike in its current condition, and without insurance, registration or a motorcycle endorsement on his license. According to the report, the dirt biker was belligerent and argumentative throughout the incident.

He later called the sheriff’s office to complain that the officers at the scene used excessive force “forced him into a prone position at gun point,” according to the report.

The officers say no one involved used any force above a verbal command and no one pulled a gun during the call.

The dirt biker was cited for reckless driving, operating a motorcycle on a roadway without an endorsement, illegally operating a motorcycle on a roadway and operating a motorcycle on the roadway with no insurance as required.

Authorities arrested a very drunk man who was found passed out in his car, surrounded by empty shooter bottles after having accidentally backed into a creek last month.

A witness said he watched the drunk driver stumble around the Copper Mountain Post Office and then get into his car and drive to Summit House West parking lot. The witness reported once in the parking lot the driver backed into a space and kept driving off the asphalt, backward over an eight-foot stretch of grass and eventually into a creek, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

It is unclear how he got the car back onto the parking lot, but that is where sheriff’s deputies found him, asleep and surrounded by empty shooter bottles in the front seat of his car.

When he woke up, he told them he hadn’t been drinking.

After he was asked three different times, the man finally agreed to take a breath test. He blew .339 and was booked at the Summit County Jail for careless driving and DUI per se.

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