Weekend proves to be a DUI heyday
SUMMIT COUNTY – Sheriff’s deputies spent much of their weekend with drunken drivers, if reports are any indication.
The first incident involved a woman after she ran a series of stop signs in Breckenridge early Friday morning. The woman said she hadn’t had anything to drink that day, but had smoked marijuana the day before – and used cocaine the day before that.
The second arrest of the day occurred along Highway 9 near Boulder Creek, when an 82-year-old man passed a sheriff’s officer in a construction zone. He was later found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .13. In Colorado, anyone with a BAC .10 or higher is considered to be under the influence of alcohol.
Saturday, deputies arrested a woman after they caught her speeding along Highway 6 in Dillon. They later learned her BAC was .122.
At 9:30 that night, officers arrested a woman near Ute Pass Road in the north end of the county because she was driving at night without taillights. She said she couldn’t complete the roadside maneuvers.
And at midnight, officers arrested a man on suspicion of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after they pulled him over because he was using his high beams. His car was missing a headlamp.
In the car, the officer found a glass pipe that was still hot, as if someone had recently used it to smoke marijuana, but all the people in the car denied ownership of the pot, pipe and seeds.
A BAC test revealed the driver had not been drinking.
Sunday morning, officers arrested a man who was weaving in his lane of traffic down Highway 6 in Keystone. They didn’t pull him over until they saw the passenger toss a lighted cigarette from the window. The passenger said that in North Carolina, where she is from, it is acceptable to throw lighted cigarettes out the window. The driver, who said he’d had three or four beers, began kicking the instrument panel in the officer’s car and admitting that he’d “endangered his environment” by driving intoxicated. He further endangered his environment at the jail by urinating on the wall of his jail cell.
He refused to take a BAC test.
Monday morning, sheriff’s deputies pulled over a woman who was driving south on Highway 9 near Agape Outpost with her high beams on. When officers asked her how much she’d had to drink, she said, “Nothing,” but a passenger in the vehicle admitted that he’d been drinking.
The officer then asked the driver to open her mouth, and he noticed that her tongue was tinted green, which officers associate with marijuana consumption. BAC test results show she had a BAC of .043, which is considered to be driving while ability impaired.
Another passenger in the car was cited for underage drinking after a breath test indicated she had a BAC of .108.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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