The old laxative-in-the-drink trick |

The old laxative-in-the-drink trick

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.


A taxi driver called Breckenridge police reporting a man was refusing to get out of the cab. By the time officers arrived, the fare had fled. The cabbie told officers the man had defecated in his pants while in the car and became abusive, slapping the driver on the face from behind.

Officers later caught up with the man walking on Washington Street. The man told officers a friend had played a joke on him by putting a laxative in his drink. The man said he urged the taxi driver to stop and let him out because he could not control his bodily functions, but the driver didn’t stop until it was too late.

Officers cited the man for harassment.


Rail-road to a ticket

Snowboarders who built a ramp and were using a stairway handrailing to perform tricks behind Dairy Queen in Silverthorne drew the response of Silverthorne and Dillon police officers. Officers found about nine people and three cars gathered around the scene.

A Silverthorne officer advised the boarders that their activity was inappropriate and sent some on their way.

Another Silverthorne officer contacted one man in his car and smelled what he thought was marijuana. The Dillon officer used his police dog to sniff around the car. The officer found a small glass pipe and a film canister containing a Green Leafy substance. The Silverthorne officer cited the man for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Ullr Fest fun

In past years, the hours following Ullr Fest have been busy ones for Breckenridge police officers. Police staff reported this year’s parade and party were much more mild. Still, officers logged two driving under the influence arrests and responded to three reports of intoxicated people and three dogs at large.


Eyes on the road – and the other cars

The number of traffic accidents in Breckenridge has surged since the first of the year. Police responded to 16 fender-benders in the past two weeks and are averaging about 10 calls a week.

Police staff said the high volume of traffic in town, numerous intersections, jaywalkers and slick road surfaces, as well as distractions on the sidewalks, all contribute to accidents. They urged drivers to slow down and drive defensively.


Screw stealer

A hardware store employee called Silverthorne police reporting she had a shoplifter in custody. When a police officer arrived, the employee said she had observed the man walking around the store with something inside his jacket. After she asked him about it, the woman told the officer, she watched the man walk down an aisle, remove a shower curtain rod from his jacket and place it on a shelf.

The officer searched the man and found 11 metal screws in his pocket. The man said he didn’t have a receipt for the screws because he took them from work. The officer noted the screws appeared to be new and matched those on shelves in the hardware store. The total value of the curtain rod and screws was $11.87.

The officer took the man to the police department, cited him for shoplifting and released him.


Homeowner dis-association

A Wildernest woman called the sheriff’s office to report she had been accosted by her neighbor. The woman told a deputy her neighbor approached and began using profanity. Both homeowners had problems with their units, the woman said, but maintenance had fixed her unit and not the neighbor’s.

The neighbor accosted the woman the following day and also sat in the woman’s parking spot and refused to move.

The deputy contacted the neighbor, who said a dangerous mold in the common wall of the units had displaced her from her home for six months. She said she felt she was being discriminated against because it only took one month for her neighbor’s problem to be fixed. She also complained that when she asked her neighbor to thank her for raising the alarm about the mold, her neighbor thanked her but didn’t mean it.

The deputy told both women to avoid speaking to each other in the future if they can’t be cordial.


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

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