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Up Against the Wall

Reid Williams

A man left his SUV at the Gold Hill trailhead with a for sale sign in it, and then had to leave town, he told a sheriff’s deputy. Three days later it was gone. The brown 1983 Toyota Land Cruiser with tinted windows, a Thule rack, and stickers from Mad River Glen, Bula, and Bitter End Yacht Club disappeared without a trace. The owner is hoping citizens will keep their eyes open.

Tool theft hits again

A rash of tool thefts in the county left tradesmen empty-handed last fall, and two more, similar crimes occurred in the past two weeks. Silverthorne police officers believe they may have partially foiled a tool heist in the Three Peaks neighborhood when they stumbled on a pile of tools stacked at the roadside at night. They discovered thieves had forced their way into tool sheds at a work site and suspect more than one person was involved because the missing items included a 400-pound work box.

A Wildernest work site also was hit and thieves made off with more than $6,000 in equipment. In this case, the burglars cut chains, drilled out locks and used a truck to haul away the loot.


The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has logged at least 16 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI) in the past two weeks. One stands out:

A deputy clocked a car at 71 mph on the 50 mph Highway 9. Approaching the driver, the officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana. The driver agreed to take the How High Are You Really? roadside tests and failed. He was put in the patrol car. Meanwhile, the passenger was asked to take a seat at the curb, but the deputy observed him throw something into the grass. It was a fake ID. The passenger was put in the patrol car.

Then the deputy searched the car. He found: two glass smoking pipes, one scale, a package of rolling papers, a glass water pipe, a yellow container with a Green Leafy Substance, one stray “bud” under the seat, a Starbucks coffee grinder containing more marijuana, a 1.75-liter bottle of rum, the top to a “gravity bong,” and a homemade “bong” made of six plastic bottles and copper tubing.

The driver went to jail. The passenger’s parents were called and picked him up at the Justice Center.

First, wake up

A man called police at 9:20 a.m. to report a traffic accident. When the officer arrived at the scene in Blue River, the man explained that he woke up at 7:45 a.m. and went out to start his truck to warm it up. Unfortunately, the truck’s transmission was in first gear and when the man got out, the truck lurched forward over an embankment and crashed into a tree.

All that way for nothing

Police were called to a Silverthorne gas station after a man announced he wanted to turn himself in because he had stolen a car. Officers interviewing the man learned he had stolen the car – along with nine handguns – from an ex-fiancee’s father and then drove cross-country from Alabama. But, the vehicle’s engine wouldn’t hold up, and when the man couldn’t get it started again, he decided to turn himself in. He was also out of money, had been stealing gas along the way and intended to sell the weapons when he reached California.

Road rage season

A man headed west on Highway 6 was alarmed as a motorcycle rider was following him and staring at him. The man parked his car in a shopping center lot, but the biker followed him, even after he got out of the car. The man asked the biker if there was a problem.

“You’re an idiot,” the cyclist said. The man ran into his workplace and called police. He later pointed out the stalker to police in a nearby bar. Officers smelled alcohol on the man, who said he had had one drink before getting on the bike. He also told officers he had no driver’s license or insurance. As the officer cuffed the biker, he warned the officer he had a .22-caliber handgun and two magazines (one with five bullets in it) in his pocket. He went to jail for driving on a suspended license and illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

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

Just the Facts:

Up Against the Wall appears biweekly. All accounts are re-written from Summit County law enforcement agency logs. Names are withheld for privacy; individuals are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court

of law.

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