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A deputy saw a car weaving on U.S. Highway 6 in Beaver Creek on March 2 and stopped the car.

The 22-year-old driver identified himself with a foreign passport. The deputy found his driving status had been revoked for drunken driving.

The man was arrested for driving with a revoked license and failing to stay in a designated lane.

On March 10, deputies responded to a burglary in progress near the Gopher Road bus stop in Eagle-Vail.

As they arrived, a woman ran toward the patrol car, pointing toward a parking lot.

An officer investigated the lot and encountered a 19-year-old man who matched the suspect's description. The deputy detained him.

The man smelled of alcohol and said he was waiting for his mom to pick him up. He had fresh cuts on his lip and arms. He said he got them snowboarding and later said they were from a "gang beat." He became louder and more aggressive as the interview continued and denied that he had been drinking. Then he blurted, "So what, another (charge of minor in possession of alcohol) - I have six or seven and I always get out."

He was arrested and a search turned up a plastic syringe without a needle and a marijuana grinder. He was placed in the back seat of the patrol car when his mom showed up and said her son might be on medication for a seizure he suffered two weeks ago.

The four residents of the apartment who made the report said they were inside when the 19-year-old arrived.

They said he sat on the couch drinking cinnamon whiskey for an hour and then started making aggressive statements. He got into one of the roommate's faces and punched him in the left eye. Another roommate immediately grabbed the teen and pushed him out the door. The teen also punched that roommate in the left eye.

A few minutes later, the residents opened the door to see if the man was still there. He was and he charged at the door but was locked out. He punched the window next to the door, completely shattering it, and left. A female roommate followed him as she called 911 and pointed him out to deputies as they arrived.

The teen was arrested for burglary, assault, criminal mischief, use of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a previous warrant for false reporting. During the ride to jail, he threatened to file a lawsuit against the officers as he deliberately attempted to injure his wrists on the handcuffs.

Deputies were contacted March 6 about an incident that happened on Vail Mountain on March 5.

A skier was hospitalized after a 22-year-old snowboarder hit him from behind in a slow zone near a chair lift. A ski instructor who saw the collision and pulled the snowboarder out of the lift line told deputies that the snowboarder went off a jump, landed near the victim, tried to turn away and collided. The boarder got up and quickly went into the lift line without checking on the skier. The ski instructor managed to get the snowboarder's name before he left.

Officers contacted the suspect at work on March 6. The man said he was sorry and asked how the victim was doing. He was cited for assault and for leaving the scene of an accident.

Familiar mug

On March 6, a deputy recognized a man who was driving in Edwards. She knew the 40-year-old man from previous encounters and suspected he did not have a driver license.

The officer contacted the man and asked if he had cleared up the issues with his license. He said he had but records indicated his license was still revoked for drunken driving. He was arrested for driving without a license.

A deputy saw a car with a defective headlight on U.S. 6 in Eagle-Vail on March 4.

The car stopped at a convenience store, where the officer contacted the 27-year-old driver.

The man smelled of alcohol and there were empty beer cans on the passenger floor. The deputy asked him to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, which he failed. The man was arrested for further investigation of driving under the influence.

He was cited for driving while ability was impaired and for defective headlights.

• A 48-year-old man was cited for trespassing on property at the end of Ute Creek Road in Wolcott on March 4. He said he was hiking and did not know he was trespassing.

• Four rock climbers were charged for trespassing on property in Wolcott on March 11. The previous landowner had allowed climbing on the property's cliffs but now several "No Trespassing" signs are posted.


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The VailDaily Updated Mar 21, 2012 12:31PM Published Mar 21, 2012 12:29PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.