Up Against the Wall
Visitors and locals alike continue to plead ignorance of the statewide ban on open fires, a prohibition that includes mosquito-fighting candles, throwing cigarette butts out of car windows, tiki lamps and gas lanterns. Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies have issued at least 10 citations for related offenses in the past two weeks.
With security cameras yet to be installed on garbage repositories in Breckenridge, police officers are responding to a steady stream of reports of illegal dumping. Officers said calls are almost a daily occurrence and that they try to hand out as many warnings as possible. The police department is keeping a list of people contacted about the issue to make sure everyone is fairly warned before receiving a citation.
“But some people just don’t get it,” one officer said.
Police were called to the Mountain Community Fair in Silverthorne on a report of an intoxicated man in the parking lot “flipping people off.” The man was still “giving people the bird” when officers found him. Officers checked the man’s identification in the Big Computer and discovered he had warrants for his arrest in Saguache and Conejos counties for failure to appear on a driving while ability impaired charge and a traffic offense, respectively. The man was taken to jail on the arrest warrants.
APB for Goldilocks
A Wildernest condo owner called police to report someone had been living in his unit. The man told officers he returned to the condo, which hadn’t been rented in a month, and discovered dirty dishes in the sink, a videotape in the VCR, a full trash can and that all the beds had been slept in. The officers also discovered a damaged window screen where the intruders might have entered and a film canister containing a Green Leafy Substance they might have left behind.
The officers confiscated the rented videotape and said they would contact the video store to track down the house-crashers.
Bad BB boy
A brother and sister, ages 12 and 10, were playing in the living room. The boy pumped up his BB gun and pointed at the back of his sister’s leg. He said it wasn’t loaded and wanted to see how much air came out, the girl told officers. It was loaded, and the BB lodged in the girl’s thigh. She was treated at Summit Medical Center.
Officers issued the boy a summons charging him with throwing stones or other missiles.
– Division of Wildlife officers called police after approaching a group of men for a fishing violation near the Blue River inlet to Lake Dillon. The men were intoxicated. Police checked the men’s identification and found one man’s driver’s license was revoked for three alcohol offenses, and the other man’s license was revoked as a habitual traffic offender. At issue was the pair’s truck, which the wildlife officers said one of the men was driving.
“(He) had drove the truck,” one man said of his friend. “I know better.”
– Twenty questions from a motorcyclist: “How could you do this to a white-blooded American?” “How can I pass the breath test?” “Can I go see my girlfriend?” “If I have a drink of water before the test, will it help pass the breath test?” “I was just riding my motorcycle. I should have ran from you guys; you would have never been able to catch me.”
– The officer asks the man to perform the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests: “No, I couldn’t do those sober.”
– Officers never hear this: “This is the first time I have ever drank and drove.”
– “Yeah, well I only had two beers,” the man told the officer. He then described how they were “back-to-back” just prior to getting behind the wheel.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or email@example.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
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