Up Against the Wall: Yes, lazy, and not smart, either
A sheriff’s deputy was patrolling on Illinois Gulch and saw the driver of a car up ahead toss a cigarette butt out the window of his car. The deputy stopped the car and asked the driver if he knew why the officer stopped him.
“Yeah, I know,” the driver said. “I almost kept it in. Just lazy, I guess.”
The deputy explained the fire bans enacted by the county and gave the driver a ticket for littering.
Fishin’ with no permission
The caretaker of private property north of Frisco called police after seeing two men run off the private road up a hill. He chased them on foot and yelled for the men to stop. He called officers after he caught up with them. The men admitted they intended to fish and had fished there a couple times before. The officer cited them for trespassing under wildlife statutes: $137 fines and points against their fishing licenses.
The men already knew it, but the caretaker reminded them about the “private property” and “no trespassing” signs at the end of the driveway.
Night fishing, with jail bait
A sheriff’s deputy driving past the Breckenridge sanitation facilities at Farmer’s Korner just after midnight noticed a faint blue light coming from the area of the Blue River inlet. He inspected and discovered a fisherman (the blue light was from the small television the fisherman was watching). The deputy checked the man’s identification. The man had a valid fishing license, but he also had a warrant out for his arrest for harassing dispatchers in Arvada. The deputy took the man to jail.
The man, the mistress and the Leatherman
Just as the Silverthorne officer heard the radio air a reported domestic incident, he saw a pickup stopped on the side of the road with a man and woman struggling inside. From outside the car, the officer could hear the woman screaming for help. The officer discovered the man and woman were covered in blood, and the woman had a cut on her left hand. The man quickly put a Leatherman tool into its case on his belt. “I didn’t try to kill her,” the man said.
The short of the long of it: The couple had been drinking, as well as trying to patch up a relationship. He was married, she was the mistress. She checked her voicemail on her phone, and the man thought he heard another man’s voice; he became angry. She decided to walk away, but wanted the tool for protection. He wanted to give her a ride home. She said she grabbed for the tool and cut herself. He later said he was trying to stab himself and she got in the way. He said he was getting divorced, was afraid of losing his son and was very depressed.
Officers arrested the man on a charge of driving under the influence, in addition to the domestic assault.
So, call an ambulance
A Silverthorne officer stopped a car for failing to stop for the traffic light at Wildernest Road and Highway 9. The officer immediately noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage.
The driver said he’d had three beers. The passenger said the driver was taking her to the hospital for “bad stomach pain.” The officer had a second officer take the woman to the hospital while he had the driver perform the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests. The driver went to jail, where he blew a .123.
The passenger was evaluated at Summit Medical Center and, when doctors found no problems, officers took the women to join her chauffeur at the jail because she had a warrant for her arrest for disturbing the peace.
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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