The dangerous blend of drinking and driving |

The dangerous blend of drinking and driving

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.


Two officers from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a pickup in the ditch along Highway 9 north of Silverthorne. In his report, one deputy said they came upon the truck in the ditch on the northbound shoulder with its engine running in first gear. The driver was sitting in the car.

“I’m sorry you had to pull me over – I f-ed up,” the driver said. The deputies smelled an unknown alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath.

They asked the man where he was coming from. “I’m going to get my son’s skis,” he said.

The man could not find his driver’s license and failed the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests. Back at the jail, the man blew a .298 breath-

alcohol content.


Burglar in the bathroom

A property manager at the Tiger Run RV park heard a disturbance in the clubhouse and went to investigate. He later told a sheriff’s deputy he found a drunk man counting money in the bathroom stall – some bills crumpled in his hand, others scattered on the floor.

The manager called police the next day after another property manager reported a break-in. At the burglarized unit, the deputy observed a broken window, a nail gun lying beneath it and tracks in the snow leading from the unit next door – where the man from the bathroom the night before was living. The managers identified him by distinctive ear piercings.

The inside of the unit was in disarray, according to the report: broken glass, down filling strewn about, a small amount of blood, blinds ripped from their mount, cabinets flung open and their contents on the floor, a mirror shattered.

When questioned, the pierced-ear man said he was not sure what happened because he was very drunk.

“You know I was in the house,” the man said. “I know I was in the house. I’m just not sure why I was there.”

The man told the deputy he remembered being confronted in the bathroom, he remembered getting the nail gun out of a nearby car and remembered breaking the window. Then, he said, he blacked out.

The money was taken as possible evidence, the scene was photographed and the man was arrested for trespassing, criminal mischief and theft. The case was sent to the district attorney for possible felony charges.


Do not pass go, do not pay taxi fare

A taxi driver called police after a man refused to pay his fare. The cabbie picked the man up in Breckenridge and drove him to Copper Mountain. When the man couldn’t pay, the driver took the man to Frisco and called the police.

An officer gave the man a summons for theft of under $100 and released him – on foot.


Front-porch speed patrol

A Breckenridge-area man called police reporting he was standing in his yard with a friend when a car came speeding by. The men waved at the car, yelling for the driver to slow down, but the driver did more than that. He stopped, got out and approached the pair, the man reported. The driver yelled and made profane gestures, and eventually pushed and elbowed one of the men. Both men in the yard admitted to drinking alcohol.

Tracking down the driver’s license plate, the officer interviewed this man for his side of the story. The driver had also called dispatchers to report the incident. The driver said he was doing the speed limit and saw the men waving at him. He stopped, he told the officer, because he thought the men were having vehicular problems. He said he rolled down his window and one of the men hit him and cursed at him, telling him to slow down. He said one man would not move away from his car. When the driver got out, one of the men took a swing at him, missed and fell on the ground.

Since both parties were adamant about pressing charges, the officer issued a summons to each, one for harassment, the other for assault.


Bi-weekly DUI advice

When you have a couple of drinks, you shouldn’t drive. When you have a couple of drinks and take a Vicodin pain-killer, you really shouldn’t drive. When you drink, take a pill and can’t finish your sentences – as in “I took a Vicodin for my -” and then point at your bruised ribs for the police officer – you’re going to jail for sure.

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

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