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Details emerge from White’s wild night

ADAM BOFFEYsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
Snowboard and skateboard champion Shaun White sits courtside at the New Orleans Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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BRECKENRIDGE – Few could argue against the fact that Shaun White set off a fire extinguisher at a Beaver Run game room on Friday night the snowboarding superstar was caught on videotape and subsequently served a summons from a Breckenridge police officer.But did the Flying Tomato also steal a car that night?The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating the theft of a 2000 Audi (lifted from territory outside of Breckenridge town limits), questioned White on Friday then released him as a non-suspect, according to public information officer Paulette Horr. But that was only after Breck police officer Steven Block got his man in the fire extinguisher incident.Block had responded to Beaver Run earlier in the night, but left with nothing more than a request for a copy of the security footage he had viewed with a security officer, which showed White and an unidentified female in the game room prior to the incident.

“The cameras captured the male pick up a pool stick and chase the female playfully as she ran around some of the video games,” Block’s police report stated. “The male then went to the back wall where the fire extinguisher was mounted.”Things got interesting when Block returned to his base and heard that the Sheriff’s Office was questioning the Tomato in regards to the hot Audi.”The footprints in the snow that led from the front driver’s door matched the shoes that White was currently wearing,” stated the police report. “I responded back to Beaver Run to follow up.”Block found White in a Sheriff’s Car, mid-interrogation.”I opened the back door and looked at the shoes that White was wearing,” Block’s report stated. “They had an identical white stripe and white soles as the shoes that I observed in the surveillance footage.”

Block summoned White to a court date in March for second degree criminal tampering, but the Sheriff’s cut him loose.”He just happened to be in the vicinity, so our deputy interviewed him,” Horr said. “It’s pretty much a nothing deal.”The plot was thickened by a recent call to the Summit Daily News from local John Hudnut, who claimed White stole his car this weekend.When Hudnut was contacted in response, he refused to comment saying only that J.B. Katz was his attorney. Katz couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday or Wednesday.

Encounters with two different police outfits on Friday didn’t stop White from winning the esteemed Breckenridge Snowboard Grand Prix Saturday on Peak 8.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.


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