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Up Against the Wall

Reid Williams

A sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol around Green Mountain Reservoir discovered two men sitting around a campfire. The men were camping near the Elliot Creek Campground and the fire was very small, as well as contained in a fire ring. However, as the governor has announced, as the Summit County Sheriff has announced, as the U.S. Forest Service has announced, as most towns in Colorado have announced, open fires and fireworks are banned due to the extreme fire danger.

One more time, just in case: Open fires and fireworks are banned until further notice.

The men put out their fire and received citations for reckless endangerment.

Cocaine, drywall, whatever – where’s my tequila?

A Wildernest woman called police, reporting she had been assaulted. She told officers she went into neighbor’s apartment and saw cocaine on a table. She said she blew it and swiped it with her hands off the table. The neighbor, she said, then pushed her to the ground.

The officer noted that, despite being six months pregnant, the woman was drunk. The officer interviewed the neighbor and the woman’s roommate. The roommate left the pair’s apartment because he and the woman were arguing and he was trying to convince her she shouldn’t drink. The roommate took shelter in the neighbor’s apartment. The two men emptied two bottles of tequila into the sink and toilet to prevent the woman from getting them. She got angry and began throwing things around her neighbor’s apartment.

The officer determined no assault had taken place. The cocaine? The neighbor pointed to the ceiling above the table and showed the officer where he had just placed a screw in the drywall.

Tool burglars thieve on

Burglars continue to hit construction sites in the Three Peaks subdivision in Silverthorne. Police report the thieves are getting clever: Despite contractor attempts to lock up tools in job boxes, the burglars are cutting through the lid hinges on the opposite side. Detectives are pursuing the case.

A vertebra for a dollar

Police were called to Silverthorne’s Dairy Queen, where witnesses say a man punched a drunk man, laying him out. Police caught up with the intoxicated man, hunched over, walking slowly and bleeding, in front of Subway. The intoxicated man told the officer that he was looking for change to give his friend. He owed his friend a dollar, and that’s why his friend hit him. He didn’t know his friend’s last name. The officer told the man to go home and relax, after six attempts to get the man medical attention.

Later, staff at Summit Medical Center notified the officer the intoxicated man had come in seeking treatment. Doctors determined the man had suffered a fractured vertebra when falling from the punch. The man decided he wanted to press charges against his friend and gave police his description.

DUI highlights

– The officer asks the three teens, stopped at 3:30 a.m. on their way back from a Ute Pass Road party (with marijuana in the car), how much they had to drink: “Too much.” All three were cited.

– Why the officer decided to approach the car that suspiciously pulled into the Dillon church parking lot and turned off its headlights: “I found 0200 hours to be an awkward time to pursue worship.” The driver went to jail on a DUI charge, the passenger on a warrant.

– What justification did the woman have for weaving and crossing into oncoming traffic? Cupping her hands around her mouth, as if to tell the officer a secret, she said, “I was lighting a cigarette.” And when the officer asked for her driver’s license: “Yes, I have one.”

– How to get the police to an accident scene when you don’t want them there: “TNT towing … received a call from a male who needed his vehicle pulled from a ditch on Summit County Road 3. TNT advised Colorado State Patrol the caller identified himself … and he had asked the tow company not to call the police.”

– And, the “Just let me get one more taste” award for the month, from a Silverthorne police report: “I asked (the man) if he would be willing to perform a series of roadside maneuvers and he refused. He stated he was “DUI’ and he was drunk. He said he knew he was going to jail, so he finished an alcoholic beverage in the truck while he was waiting for me to return.”

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 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.


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