Up Against the Wall | SummitDaily.com

Up Against the Wall

Reid Williams

Police stopped a car in the parking lot of a Silverthorne convenience store after the driver failed to dim the bright lights while passing other cars. The driver, under age 21, smelled of alcohol and told officers he had had some brandy.

The officer ran the man’s name through the Big Computer and discovered his driver’s license had been revoked. The officer then asked the man to perform the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests and blow into a breath analyzer. The man’s blood alcohol content came back .039, within the legal limit. The officer searched the car and, in addition to a bottle of brandy, found a sawed-off shotgun. The driver, the four passengers and their friends in the next car were ordered out of the vehicles and searched for safety.

Officers took the driver into custody, not for the drinking, but for driving without a valid license and possession of an illegal weapon. However, police later learned a sawed-off shotgun is not illegal to possess – that is, unless you have been previously arrested for robbery and second-degree burglary. The driver was booked on charges of possession by a previous offender; his friends were released.


A man called police to his Silverthorne apartment after receiving a bothersome number of phone calls. He showed the officer the 19 phone calls logged within five minutes from the same person. While the officer was there, the caller rang again. The officer answered the phone.

The caller explained the man owed him money. The caller told the officer he was pursuing the debt through small claims court to settle an old utility bill. The caller tried to convince the officer the reporting party is a thief and should be arrested. The officer explained to the caller he should continue the matter in court, but should not call again. The man on the receiving end of the calls decided not to press charges.

Officer’s moral: You can’t harass someone on the phone just because the person owes you money.


It was a night of heavy, wet snow, so officers were surprised when a tractor trailer passed them at 75 mph on Interstate 70. They pulled the trucker over; he said he thought 75 was the speed limit. Officers ran his name through the Big Computer and discovered the trucker had a nationwide felony warrant out of Clear Creek County for failure to appear in court on charges of drug use. The trucker was arrested and officers searched the truck.

Silverthorne’s police dog sniffed out a pipe and a plastic bag containing a Green Leafy Substance. The substance later tested positive as marijuana. A human Silverthorne officer also found a tin container with another pipe, rolling papers and a mirror with a white residue – probably from the baggies of white powder they found in the trucker’s wallet. The white powder tested positive for amphetamines. The driver later admitted to being a “recreational user of marijuana and meth.”

The driver was taken to jail and charged with careless driving, the felony warrant, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotics. Oh, and his truck was full of pinto beans.


Officers in the probation department at the Summit County Justice Center called jail deputies for help after a man they suspected of being drunk refused to leave. A jail deputy confronted the man, who was visibly intoxicated, but he wouldn’t leave. The man said he wanted to go to jail and would commit a crime if he had to. The deputies took the man to the detox center, where he blew a .278.


A Heeney man called Sheriff’s deputies after two suspicious men entered his shop about 45 minutes apart; neither purchased anything, and asked only for matches. The man told the responding deputy what car the men were in and what direction they took when they left. He said one of the suspicious men was wearing a ski coat and had a ski mask in his back pocket. The temperature was 50 degrees.

The deputy caught up with the car. While talking with the driver, he noticed the back seat passenger was trying to kick something under the seat. He asked the driver for permission to search the car. Inside he found a 12-inch knife and a pipe with a Green Leafy Substance in it. The deputy asked the man with the ski mask (the one kicking the knife under the seat) why he had the ski mask. The man said it was for work. The deputy asked the man where he worked. “I’m unemployed,” the man said.

The deputy issued a citation for possession of marijuana, and sent the men on their way.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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