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Summit County: Suspected drunk driver totals sheriff patrol car

Caddie Nath
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A patrol car belonging to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office was totaled by a suspected drunk driver just before 11 p.m. Friday, according to information authorities released Tuesday.

Silverthorne resident Scott Sanchez ran his Toyota 4Runner into the back end of the patrol car, running it up into another vehicle ahead of it and causing extensive damage to both the front and rear of the car. The deputy driving the patrol vehicle was assisting with another DUI arrest on Highway 6 and Cemetery Road when Sanchez crashed into the vehicle, which was parked, with its lights on, on the side of the road.

The deputy was not in the car and was not hurt in the accident.

Sanchez was arrested on charges of DUI, DUI per se, no valid driver’s license, no proof of registration, weaving and failure to yield right-of-way to a stationary emergency vehicle. Authorities have not released Sanchez’s blood alcohol level at the time of the collision.

He was released Saturday on a $2,000 bond. The sheriff’s office will be asking for repayment for property damage to the patrol car, which will have to be replaced. Sanchez does not have insurance, according to the sheriff’s office.

A DUI conviction carries a penalty of 5 days to a year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, loss of driving privileges for 9 months and up to 96 hours of community service. In Colorado, getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration higher than .08 percent is considered driving under the influence.

Alcohol figures in 37 percent of all traffic fatalities nationally, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Summit County law-enforcement agencies take a “zero tolerance” stance on driving impaired by drugs or alcohol, the statement said.


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